WATCH Magazine: October 2022: Ghosts

BEST SUPERNATURAL Paranormal Activity (2007) Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong Low on budget and frills. High on demonic terror and things that go bump in the night. A young couple is haunted by an unknown, demonic presence in their new suburban home.

BEST SLASHER Scream (2022) Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera Although it’s not the most frightening installment in the iconic Scream franchise, it’s a welcome return to form 25 years later for the knife-wielding Ghostface (voiced by Roger Jackson) and his target: Sidney Prescott (Campbell).

BEST CAMP Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1972) Starring: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson This unintentionally hilarious and creepy film is a twist on Hansel and Gretel. A wealthy, traumatized widow invites orphans to her mansion for the annual holiday dinner. But what, or rather who, ends up on the menu?

HAUNTING GHOST STORIES: The Ring (2002) Cry of the Banshee (1970) Carrie (2013)

STALKING PSYCHOPATHS AND HIGH DEATH COUNTS: Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (1998) Scream 4 (2011) To All a Goodnight (1980)

HORROR THAT DOESN’T TAKE ITSELF TOO SERIOUSLY: The Haunted Palace (1963) The Comedy of

Terrors (1964) Carnival of Souls (1962)

BEST ALIEN INVASION The War of the Worlds (1953) Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite The adaptation of H.G. Wells’ book was the first of its kind to explore the cinematic battle between humankind and outer-space foes. What makes it truly terrifying is the bleakness, mass hysteria, and widespread destruction.

BEST BLOODSUCKER Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater Anne Rice’s novel series is beautifully adapted into this gripping story of two vampires, Lestat (Cruise) and Louis (Pitt), and their differing outlooks on eternity and bloodlust.

BEST MYSTERY The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Starring: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem This crime thriller is based on a true story about a hooded serial killer who terrorized the border town of Texarkana, Arkansas, in the 1940s. If that isn’t enough to make you shiver, the phantom menace was never caught.

IMMORTAL BLOOD SEEKERS: Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Dracula 2000 (2000) The Body Beneath (1970)

CRIME HORRORS AND MURDER

EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS: Annihilation (2018) Alienate (2017) War of the Worlds (2005)

MYSTERIES: The Bat (1959) All the Kind Strangers (1974) The Barn (2018)

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