Halloween flicks sure to make you scream

October 28, 2008|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

With Halloween coming up shortly, I've made a top- five horror DVD list.

5. "Boogeyman," rated PG-13, released in 2005. This movie is about a man named Tim (Barry Watson) who is haunted by memories of his childhood home. He believes when he was younger, a "boogeyman" is the thing that took his father. Everyone else thinks his father just left. Tim's psychiatrist advises him to spend the night in his old house, and he reluctantly agrees. Is the monster just his imagination or something very real?

4. "Puppet Master" rated R, released in 1989. This fairly old movie is one of my favorites - cheesy and low budget that it is. In 1939, the infamous Andre Toulo killed himself in the Bodega Bay Inn before Nazis could get to him. Toulo could bring his puppets to life and the Nazis wanted to find out his secret. But before he killed himself, he ordered his puppets to protect his secret, no matter what.


Fifty years later, psychic Neil Gallagher discovers the inn and tells his psychic friends to join him. But when they arrive, they find Neil's wife who tells them he died. Now all they can do is try to stay alive in an inn full of evil puppets.

3. "Vacancy" rated R, released in 2007. David (Luke Wilson) and Amy (Kate Beckinsale) are a young couple filing for divorce after the loss of their son Charlie.

They are driving down a lonely road when their car breaks down, so they must find a place to stay in the middle of nowhere. Then they happen upon a cheap motel and they have no choice but to stay there for the night. There's something very odd about this motel

2. "Saw" rated R, released in 2004. This rather gory movie starts out in a dirty bathroom, where two men, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), are handcuffed to a pipe with a dead body lying between them.

They are the newest victims of the Jigsaw Killer, who uses twisted techniques to kill his victims without him having to do anything.

The police also named him the Jigsaw Killer because he uses a freaky-looking puppet to represent him in videos he leaves for his victims to watch. Will his newest victims escape with their lives? They never do.

1. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," not rated, released in 1966. I know this isn't a horror film but this classic can't be left out of any Halloween movie list, and I'm putting it at No. 1 because, well, it's the great pumpkin. This movie is just an awesome classic.

So pop in the DVD, turn off the lights and enjoy the scares.

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