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Top 10 Halloween horror picks

October 30, 2003

the death of some local teens and a mysterious video tape. Anyone who

watches the tape dies within seven days. The Japanese version doesn't

have the big budget of the U.S. remake, but it's the original and

it's very creepy. The U.S. version has additional plot elements that

make it more intense. I like the ending of the Japanese version, but

overall I prefer the American version.

Other titles to think about:

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The Phantom of the Opera (1925 -- Directed by Rupert Julian, Lon

Chaney Sr. (uncredited), Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)) Forget the

Broadway show! Lon Chaney Sr.'s legendary makeup has given nightmares

to people from every generation. I wonder if Andrew Lloyd Weber will

make a musical love story out of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"?

Night of the Lepus (1972 -- Directed by William F. Claxton) Giant

carnivorous bunny rabbits attack a town in Arizona. Behind their

twitchy noses and fuzzy ears lurks pure evil. This is so scary that

you'll laugh yourself to death.

The Hills Have Eyes (1977 -- Directed by Wes Craven) Often

imitated, but never duplicated, this is the tasteless classic that

made everyone want to ditch civilization and start their own clan of

inbred cannibals. The mutant named Pluto looks a lot like Peter

Garrett, the lead singer from Midnight Oil ("Beds Are Burning.")

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982 -- Directed by Tommy Lee

Wallace) Michael Myers gets killed at the end of "Halloween II" and

he was supposed to stay dead. This was going to be the beginning of a

different series of "Halloween" movies. The plot involves Stonehenge,

Irish Halloween masks, massive carnage, and annoying TV commercials.

I love the ending.

Re-animator (1985 -- Directed by Stuart Gordon) and Bride of the

Re-Animator (1990 -- Directed by Brian Yuzna) These two horror

comedies are totally over the top and make a nice double feature of

silly gore. Medical student Herbert West reanimates bodies and

anything else that he can make walk around. The low budget special

effects are great.

* JIM ERWIN, 40, is a technical writer and computer trainer.

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