Horror Films to Get Excited for This Fall

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Whether you’re a big horror fan or not, it’s that time of year again where we are all bombarded with scary movies popping up in theaters and on our televisions. Even if seeking to be frightened isn’t your thing most months of the year, you have to admit that it is fun getting into the Halloween spirit.

The problem with a lot of horror films is that they often fail to be remotely horrifying. Movies more often than not have us rolling our eyes in disgust instead of covering them in fear. Fortunately, this season’s line-up of flicks looks pretty promising. Here’s to sleeping with the lights on. 

Annabelle – October 3rd

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists (IMDB).

Why should we be scared? First of all, the trailer and commercials alone are hard to watch. When I’m alone and one comes on I think about flipping to the Disney Channel or the Food Network so I can avoid getting too spooked. Last night I grabbed my cocker spaniel and made her sit on the couch with me because all of a sudden sitting alone with only the light of the television in the darkness of my living room felt unsettling. This is not the only movie with disturbing marketing materials, but Annabelle evokes gasps and makes you jump upright.

Annabelle is almost guaranteed to be terrifying because it is a prequel/spin-off of 2013’s The Conjuring. Please watch that first if you have not seen it already. I can honestly say that was one of the scariest films I have ever seen, which makes me feel that it is fair to hold Annabelle to the same high standard.

Ouija – October 24th

A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board (IMDB).

Ouija definitely seems to have a little more cheese factor than Annabelle does. Young people playing with a Ouija board…we all assume we know where this is going. Although parts of the trailer and the dialogue may make you want to scoff initially, this feels like one of those movies that sneaks up on you and escalates fairly quickly. Ouija shares the same look, style, and even a producer with Insidious. Like Insidious, it appears to have oddly far-fetched parts and perhaps to be on the verge of ridiculousness, but surprises you and proves to be genuinely scary.

Tusk – In theaters now

When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him (IMDB).

Tusk is not your typical horror film. It can also be listed under the genres “comedy” and drama,” but it really is a combination of the three. It will make you laugh in an unnerving sense as opposed to eliciting chuckles because it is a dumb movie. You have to get it and take it for something other than face value. If you have seen 2011’s Red State, also written and directed by Kevin Smith, then you may have an inkling of the tone that results from the mash-up of genres. Perhaps it is best put by my friend, Kate, “It’s absolutely absurd and brilliant and I never need to watch another movie again in my life…it’s honestly the goofiest shit I’ve ever seen.” Who could argue with that kind of enthusiasm?

Kelly Chambers | News Cult