If you have what it takes to bear the fright of scary movies, there are three you have got to see. In no particular order, these three films offer scary movies’ finest – blood, horror, and a great plot twist.
Watching the movie trailer for Sinister will force you to buy the DVD. Sinister is that good. Ethan Hawke portrays washed-up true crime writer Ellison Oswalt who moves into a murdered families’ home with his wife and two kids. Ellison’s intention is to use the former family as an inspiration for his new book. He comes across several old 8mm movies in the attic and begins watching what he believes are home movies. What he finds is absolutely bizarre. Ellison discovers a series of murders and connects them all together. Each family that was killed previously lived the home where the last murder had taken place. Discovering that he has placed his family in danger, Ellison awakens one morning and is bound and gagged, as are his wife and son. Her daughter appears saying she will make her father famous once again. The Oswalt family home video becomes the next addition to the attic’s 8mm film library.
You will scream when watching the movie trailer and again when you buy the DVD. The first in a series of films, Scream, which opened in 1996, is loosely based on the true story of the Gainesville Ripper. High school student Casey Becker, played by Drew Barrymore, receives a phone call at the beginning of the movie asking her for her favorite scary movie. The caller reveals that he is holding Casey’s boyfriend hostage and when she fails to answer a question about horror films, the caller murders her boyfriend. A masked person then kills Casey and hangs her from a tree. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) are introduced as well as Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan). After school is suspended in wake of the murders, Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard), Casey’s ex-boyfriend, decides to throw a party to celebrate. In one long night, things get ugly and the killing is intensified. In a strange turn of events Sidney winds up killing Billy and Stu, setting the stage for Scream 2. Watch this one from the edge of your seat.
If you can keep from watching the movie trailer, you will not buy the DVD. One look at the preview and you will be hooked. Clyde and Stephanie Brenek, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, are newly divorced and their daughter Em (Natasha Calis) becomes intrigued by a box at a yard sale. The box, a dybbuk box, has some sort of strange powers. Everything about Em begins to change as she sits and stares at the box. As it becomes clear that Em has been possessed somehow by the elements within the box, an exorcism ensues. Em eventually breaks free and, in an interesting twist, Clyde becomes possessed. This one will keep you guessing all night long.