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Top 5 Halloween Movies To Watch

Michelle Man |
September 27, 2014 | 5:16 p.m. PDT

Web Producer

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Annabelle doll (witchcraft-satanism-horror/tumblr)
Halloween is just around the corner, get in the mood for this year's horror fest by having a horror movie marathon! From horror movie fans to film geeks, here are 5 horror film recommendation for you. 

1. For horror movie fans: The Conjuring (Scare Level: 10)

Directed by James Wan, who's also the director of "Saw" and "Insidious," "The Conjuring" is allegedly based on the true stories of the "Amityville Horror." Ed and Lorraine Warren, two American paranormal investigators, receive a call for help regarding a farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971. Unexplained, eerie events escalates as the Warren couples find a dark, cursed history haunting the farmhouse and its residents.

The film is a two-hour roller coaster of fear and suspense, a film that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. And to prove how scary the film is, one interesting fact was that the film was initially rated R by the MPAA, When the filmmakers asked for guidelines to recut the film to a more box-office friendly version, MPAA stated that the film was simply too scary to have any alternative cuts that would make it a PG-13 film. "The Conjuring" grossed over $318 million worldwide and is one of the highest grossing horror films of all times. 

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Shower Scene from "Psycho" (horrorgorewhore/tumblr)
2. For film geeks: Psycho (Scare Level: 6)

When talking about horror films, it is impossible not to mention one of the most legendary horror films of all times, "Psycho." This masterpiece of Alfred Hitchcock pioneered a new narrative style in the horror film genre by using editing and intercuts.

The music score from the famous shower scene (sounds of the screeching violins) is a work of art in the horror movie genre, it became so branded in audiences' mind that it has slowly became a synonym for suspense in horror movies. The black-and-white film talks about the story of Norman Bates and the murders that occurs in the Bates Motel. Although "Psycho" is less gory and shocking compared to contemporary horror films, it is still one of the most disturbing films of all times that may keep you up all night.

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Here's Johnny! (diablito666/tumblr)
3. For psychological thriller fans: The Shining (Scare Level: 7)

"Here's Johnny!"

"The Shining" is one of the more controversial horror films, some audiences don't think it is scary at all while some think that it is the scariest film of all time. Unlike other films, Kubrick's film is not based on shock value but rather a more unsettling, uncanny approach. The film seems to set in a universe distant from reality but at the same time the horror feels real. The film ends with an enigma that planted a growing fear in many audiences who initially didn't find movie scary and eventually changed their minds. To find out what the puzzle is, check out the horror movie classic "The Shining." 

4. For cult fans: Ring (Scare Level: 9)

The highest-grossing horror film in Japan and until now, it has a huge cult following all over the world. The girl in white with long black hair climbing out of the television? That's the ghost from the movie. This film not only mastered the art of suspense, it also has the shock value that contemporary horror film has. The film talks about a cursed video tape that led to unexplained, horrifying deaths and the terrible folk tale that created the monster behind. The film was a major success in Japan and soon led to several remakes in both Hollywood and other world cinema. If you are in the mood for something other than North American horror films, watch the original Japanese horror film "Ring." 

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Jack Skellington (rosycheeksandmittens/tumblr)
5. For non-horror movie fans: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Scare Level: Marshmallow) 

If you are looking to get into the Halloween mood without being scared to death, then this one is for you. "The Nightmare before Christmas" tells the story of Jack Skellington in "Halloween Town" who wants to celebrate something other than Halloween, some other festival like Christmas. The decision led Jack to an adventure of twist and turns in an imaginative world of colors and fantasy. 

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