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Top 10 Halloween horror picks

October 30, 2003

of this movie is in the works and is supposed to be released this


Alien (1979 -- Directed by Ridley Scott) "Alien" is one of the few

movies I know of where the characters look afraid because the actors

really were afraid. One day everyone entered the set and saw that the

equipment and crew were wrapped in plastic. They didn't learn why the

plastic was needed until after they started shooting their scene. The


cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, John Hurt and Harry

Dean Stanton. This one's a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

An "Alien Versus Predator" movie is scheduled for release next year.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988 -- Directed by Fred Olen Ray) If

it's Halloween then its time to watch scream queens Linnea Quigley

and Michelle Bauer do their thing. This horror/comedy is near the top

of most lists of the greatest B movies ever made. Gunnar Hansen (the

original Leatherface) leads a chainsaw worshipping cult full of

Hollywood hotties. Quigley does the sexy "virgin dance of the double

chainsaws." Bauer covers her Elvis poster with plastic before

dismembering a guy tied to her bed. This was shot in five days and

the budget came mostly from bottle returns.

Pet Sematary (1989 -- Directed by Mary Lambert) There are a couple

of basic things I've learned from horror movies. One is that

travelers who leave the main road are doomed. Another is that

whenever possible you should avoid burying anyone or anything in

cursed Indian burial grounds. Whatever you bury in sour ground comes

back evil. This story about letting go comes from Stephen King and is

a reminder that sometimes dead is better. Fred Gwynne is so

incredible that you'll forget he was once Herman Munster. The Ramones

sing the title song and that alone makes this a keeper.

Candyman (1992 -- Directed by Bernard Rose) This is a variation on

the old "Bloody Mary" game where you turn off the lights and repeat a

name while staring in a mirror. A college student decides to do her

thesis on the origin of these modern myths. Her research of the

Candyman myth takes her to a housing project where reality is so

frightening that the myths pale in comparison. Then she runs into the

really scary stuff. This is based on a story by Clive Barker.

Ringu (1998 -- Directed by Hideo Nakata -- Japanese with

subtitles)/The Ring (2002 -- Directed by Gore Verbinski) "The Ring"

is a remake of the Japanese movie "Ringu." It's a supernatural

thriller that follows a reporter investigating the connection between

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