Chills, Thrills and Shrills


Are you an adrenaline junkie? Can’t get enough horror in your everyday life? Are you constantly trying to coax the monsters from under your bed? The Paisano staff has complied of the scariest movies to keep your adrenaline needs at bay.

10) “Insidious”:  The 2010 film directed by James Wan, shows a family moving into a beautiful new home. After their son falls into a deep coma weird stuff starts to happen around the house. Trying to escape the evil that fills the house, the family leaves only to realize it’s not the house that is haunted.

9) “Poltergeist”:The Freely’s might be aware of the supernatural force under their house, but they certainly don’t welcome it. Objects began to move around the house, but the Freely family had no idea to handle it. Events took a turn for the worse when the poltergeist kidnapped the Freely’s youngest daughter. The film, directed by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, is known to have a terrible curse. Many of the cast and crew have passed away within a few years after filming, making the movie an even more skin-chilling watch.

8) “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”:On their way to visit their Grandpa’s grave, five teens find themselves in a fight for their lives against the notorious Leather Face, and his cannibalistic family. What makes “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” number eight on the list is because it was based on a true story. Ed Gein, born and raised in Wisconsin would kill and dig up bodies of young girls and use their skin to make a full body suit, he said he wanted to make it for his dead mother. Gein was convicted for first-degree murder, found to be criminally insane and spent the rest of his life in a mental institution.

7) “Paranormal Activity”: Young couple, Katie and Micah, start noticing a lot of weird events happening at night. In order to get to the bottom of it, the couple sets up cameras around the house and they capture weird unexplained events. As the haunting gets worse, Katie tells Micah this is not the first time she has been haunted. The movie was filmed in ten days in director Oren Peli’s home, and while it was a low budget film it left many of the audience afraid to fall asleep.

6) “Saw”:Two men wake up chained to the pipes in a disgusting bathroom just to realize they were kidnapped by the notorious serial killer Jigsaw. They must complete the “puzzle” to survive. Directed by James Wan, the Saw movies terrify its audience and shows the extent to which a person would go to survive.

5) “Child’s Play”:The 1988 horror movie directed by Tom Holland, played on everyone’s fear of a creepy killer doll. Andy Barclay receives a Good Guy doll for his birthday, which is really Chucky, a serial killer stuck in the body of a child’s play thing.

4) “28 Days Later”:Jim wakes up from a coma to find himself in deserted London. Twenty-eight days earlier a group of activists had released chimpanzees from a research lab infected by a virus that induced rage. The virus quickly spread to the people, causing catastrophic events. Their only hope is to head for a military campus outside of the city, if they can make it there. Danny Boyle’s 2003 horror film is scary due to the plausible plotline.  

3) “Halloween”: The classic John Carpenter’s film has been haunting generations for three decades. Michael Myers, at the age of six murdered his 17 year-old sister, shortly after he is sent to a mental hospital. Myers escapes 15 years later set out to kill a group of high-school girls.

2) “The Exorcist”: When an actress takes temporary residence in Washington D.C. for a movie, she starts to notice there is something very wrong with her daughter, Regan. The only thing that can save her is an exorcism from a priest, who is losing his faith. The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, was the first horror movie to be nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Picture. Many churches deemed the film’s demonic matter evil.

1) “The Shinning”: One of the most memorable horror movies of all time is “The Shinning,” directed by Stanley Kubrick. Originally a Stephen King novel, “The Shining” has been delivering chills to horror fans since its release date in 1980. Jack, his wife and child agree to be caretakers during the off-season of the Overlook Hotel. They are unaware of the evil that fills the halls of the hotel. Their son starts to see the terrible fate of the Overlook’s past guests and Jack, with the help of the hotel’s ghost and cabin fever, slowly slips into insanity.