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Film Appreciation... Horror Movies


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"Psycho" (1960)
Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock's best film ever, "Psycho" is terrifying from beginning to end. A must see for movie lovers everywhere (especially if you like to be scared!)

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"Lady in White" (1988)
"The Lady In White" is the sort of story that might have been concocted by Steven King if he had gone to work for Walt Disney. If that sounds simultaneously scary and quirky, that is because it is. When young Frankie Scarlatti (Lukas Haas) is locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, he witnesses the ghostly depiction of the murder of a young girl that occurred there years before. When the girl's murder returns to the scene of the crime later that evening he encounters Frankie and comes dangerously close to killing him. Although Frankie is rescued and returned to his loving family he continues to be haunted by what he saw on Halloween night. Before long Frankie finds himself stalked by the killer and is eventually drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White (Katherine Helmond) lives. Audiences will find themselves drawn into this murder mystery - ghost story just as Frankie is. This smart, stylish film is a perfect "Halloween ghost story" for the younger set, scary but not too gory. Adults will find the films superlative performances and nostalgic 1960s feel to be particularly enchanting.

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"Dead Again" (1991)
Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) is a Los Angeles private investigator who is coerced by his pastor into helping a beautiful amnesiac (Emma Thompson) who is tormented by horrifying nightmares. Things go from bad to worse when they are assisted by an antiques dealer (Derek Jacobi), who also specializes in hypnosis. He reveals that her nightmares are connected to a murder in a previous life. Part film noir, part romance, part supernatural thriller this is a wonderful murder mystery guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Branagh and Thompson are wonderful and the supporting cast, which includes Andy Garcia, and Robin Williams in a cameo as a former psychiatrist, are all to die for.

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"The Sixth Sense" (1999)
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's mesmerizing film was the number two box office success of 1999 (surpassed only by "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace"). This tautly crafted thriller left many audience members rushing out to by a ticket to watch it a second and third time. The film revolves around Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis in one of his best performances ever), a dedicated child psychologist who confronts his greatest challenge as a therapist when he attempts to reach and understand young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment in a phenomenal performance), who spends his life paralyzed by fear, because he lives in a world of ghosts. The film also features marvelous performances from Toni Collette, as Cole's mother and Olivia Williams as Crowe's loving, long-suffering wife. Viewers will definitely leave the theater seeing more than just red after encountering "The Sixth Sense."

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Other Suggested Horror Films...
If you are interested in watching other great horror movies click here to see more of our favorites.

Click here to read our Horror Film Survival Guide.

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