By Tristan Davis & Michael Ivanoskos – Features Editor & 1851 Staff
If you’re a college student looking to engage in a horror movie binge this Halloween then we’ve definitely got some treats for you. Here are some terrifying titles out right now on streaming sites such as Netflix, HBOGo, and Amazon.
The first movie we highly recommend is the slasher/thriller “Scream,” (1996) available on Netflix. The film follows a group of high school students being stalked by an unknown masked killer bent on getting revenge because he can’t seem to forgive and forget. It features a notable ensemble including Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell, and Matthew Lillard. Critics gave it generally favorable reviews and is considered a cult classic. Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times called “Scream” a “bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures,” and complimented the film for being “scary and gruesome.” This was the first movie in what became a popular franchise that even inspired a TV spin-off on MTV.
Next on our list is “Cabin Fever,” (2002) which sports a rare brand of comedy and horror. The film follows a group of college graduates who stay in a cabin in the woods during an outbreak of a flesh eating virus. It garnered mixed reviews but is still one of most viewed horror movies on HBOGo. The wild premise and plot line cancels out its lack of actor recognition, following the trend that most horror films don’t cast star actors in an effort to seem more realistic.
The third film on our list, available on Amazon is “Insidious” (2010) and is a horror-mystery film that follows a family whose child is taken over by evil spirits and trapped in a realm called ‘The Further.’ If you’re into the paranormal, this is the movie for you. It spawned two sequels with a fourth film set to debut in October 2017 so there’s plenty of time to get the first three out of the way.
Offline, AMC’s “FearFest” celebrates its twentieth year by adding even more days devoted to horror flicks. There’s nothing you can do about commercials but the lineup is well worth it. Fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” rejoiced over the full-season marathon that led up to the long-awaited premiere of season seven which aired on October 23. On the movie front, you won’t find a better lineup on any other TV channel.
On Halloween night, catch four of the films that the national holiday inspired in “Halloween,” “Halloween II,” and its two lackluster sequels. Look up your other favorites on the full schedule which is posted online, grab a friend, microwave some popcorn and enjoy the scares.