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Horror flicks a staple for the season

By Evan Frank

Halloween is just around the corner, which means horror movie time! There are so many to choose from, where does one start? Consider the following for your viewing:

“The Exorcist”: Not too many films can frighten people the way “The Exorcist” has for almost 40 years.

Ellen Burstyn plays an actress whose 12-year-old daughter doesn’t quite seem herself. Unexplainable events begin to occur when the devil takes over her body. After failed medical tests, the doctor’s final recommendation is exorcism. The result is a freaky little girl and many hair-raising moments.

What makes this movie even more memorable is the eerie music and innovative makeup.

“Shaun of the Dead”: Funny man Simon Pegg stars in this parody of several George A. Romero’s films such as “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead.” Shaun is down on his luck and going nowhere in life when a zombie epidemic hits town. While zombies are eating everyone in sight, the zany cast of characters act strangely nonchalant, armed only with cricket bats. Although it’s purely a comedy, and a good one at that, this movie has plenty of gore and jumpy moments.

For the blood-sucking fans out there8212;and I mean vampire lovers8212;one movie sticks out. In 1994, before he was a household name, Brad Pitt catapulted to stardom with “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.” Based on Anne Rice’s novel, this film focuses on a young man named Louis who tragically becomes a vampire with the help of a very fangy Tom Cruise. A young Kirsten Dunst joins the soiree, and the drama soars. Nominated for two Academy Awards, this classic film should not be missed.

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