I couldn’t pass up taking part in Thursday Movie Picks this month since it’s Halloween themed! If you know me, you know I love Halloween. If you don’t normally take part, now would be a great time to jump in! It’s very simple, based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. See, I told you it was easy!
1. Amityville Horror (112 Ocean Avenue)
The original “Amityville Horror” terrified me as a kid. Don’t ask why I was allowed to watch it but I did. There was a house in my neighborhood that had the same style windows and it always creeped me out. What’s actually very sad about the house is that it was a place of a mass murder. I think some people forget about that since the movie took over the story. Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family while they were asleep, which included his parents and four siblings. Do I believe the house is haunted in real life? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s just a weird feeling in the air there based on the history of the house.
I mean, what could possible go wrong when you build a house on top of a cemetery? I do love a movie that sticks to one location, especially a scary movie. I think it just adds to the dread. You can’t really escape. Plus your home is supposed to be your safe space. Is there anything worse than being trapped in your own home? And look, another movie that I watched when I was way too young!
3. Paranormal Activity
I’m actually not sure I’ve ever seen the entire movie. I don’t scare easy but again, having your home taken over by ghosts or demons doesn’t sound like a fun time. I’m not trying to bring that energy into my nightmares. I do love a good “found footage” style move though. Did you know this movie was originally an independent feature that was completed for just $15,000? Paramount made a few changes/additions for $200,0000 but even that is a small budget. It just shows that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to scare the crap out of people.
I could have listed one or two more, but wanted to keep it short this week. I don’t want to repeat any movies during the challenge! What are some of your favorite horror movie houses?