Settle in for a scream this Halloween

Emily DiTomasso, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Halloween is coming up and the best way to celebrate is sitting down and watching movies that will either keep you up at night or get you in a spooky mood.

The Shining
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, I automatically knew I was going to love it about five minutes in. Kubrick always made films that have insane but relatable characters.

The Shining is about a man named Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) who took a job taking care of an isolated hotel during the winter with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and his adorable son Danny (Danny Lloyd). Even though he was warned that the last caretaker ended up losing his mind and killed his whole family with an ax and then killed himself, Jack still took the job to work on his writing.

Throughout most of the film, little Danny starts having feelings and visions that the hotel is not a safe place. His “imaginary friend” soon takes over and he starts walking around saying “redrum” in a really creepy voice. Redrum also happens to be murder backwards.

Meanwhile, his mom is terrified and his dad is starting to lose his temper .
Jack also starts seeing visions and talking to the old dead caretaker, who convinces him that he has to “correct” his son and wife.

The concept of a family members chasing you with ax in an empty hotel is absolutely terrifying. However, the movie itself was not as scary as I thought it was going to be.
Nicholson does an amazing job playing a man who has completely lost his mind. Even though he was running around with an ax I couldn’t help but chuckle at all his sarcastic remarks.

I recommend this movie to people who are usually petrified of watching horror movies but want to give it a chance.
This movie left me thinking and questioning what really happened to Jack and the hotel.

Directed by the famous Alfred Hitchcock, this film is about a woman named Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) who is on the run with $40,000 in her purse.

While on the road, she comes across the Bates Motel and decides to stop there. The motel is run by the nervous Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) who has an interest in stuffing animals.

However, Norman is not just a cliche, mysterious man that everyone seems to come across in scary movies, he lives with his crazy mother and he has two different personalities.

Throughout the movie murders are committed by his mother and cleaned by Norman.

I would not consider this movie scary because each of the killings are all so fake that it is almost laughable.

However, it is a great short film that I believe anyone can find entertaining.


Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. He is trying to stay away from his grandfather’s works.

Soon he discovers that he has inherited his Grandfather’s property. While he was on his way to the estate he comes across Igor, an old assistant (Mary Feldman) and the lovely Inga (Terri Garr).

While he is at his grandfather’s home, he quickly becomes infatuated with his surroundings. Especially when he reaches the hidden laboratory, which leads to the making of Frankenstein .

When I watched Young Frankenstein for the first time, it did not take long to become one of my favorite films. The humor in this movie is witty and just amazing.

It is not just Gene Wilder, who never fails to make me laugh, every character in this movie is hilarious.

Everything about it is perfect to me and I would recommend this movie to anybody and everybody.

This film is not just for Halloween time, it can be enjoyed anytime of the year.

These movies might not be the scariest but they leave you thinking.