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For a palette cleanser I suggest treading lightly with i, Robot. Although the classic Asimov novel bears little resemblance to the Will Smith action thriller, it is stunning to rewatch in HD. This upgrade fits handsomely with the often horrifying premise. Robots plot to destroy all of mankind's inimical elements to better protect them by achieving ultimate power. The is one premise that fits in like a centerpiece of a Jigsaw puzzle. Oops, did I say Jigsaw?
If time permits watch Saw, Saw II, Saw V, and the Final Saw. The others are really throwaways meant to profit on the good name of the franchise without much thought given to advancing the plot. This sort of sadism, masochism, and pure gluttony for murder makes for a bone chilling sentiment deep within. These films are at times terrifying, and are guaranteed to trigger an adrenaline rush in horror lovers. It is also partially philosophical despite being inherently demented. Watch if you dare.
Many love Exorcist style films and white noise Paranormal Activity type productions, but to me these are gimmicky and unsubstantive. Instead I recommend Don't Be Afraid of the Dark with Katie Holmes. It is a fascinating take on the traditional monsters under the stairs routine. It has its moments of utter dreariness and despair.
For old time horror lovers there are always films such as Phantasm and the Friday the 13th movies. I prefer the more contemporary Freddy Versus Jason deadly duel. It offers far more comedy and blood curdling suspense than its countless predecessors. More recently films such as High Tension and The Collector have earned a place in our psychotic hearts for their originality and cutting edge (literally) violence. Bring on the blood and guts and let's eviscerate some innocent victims.
For the children Scooby Doo, Hocus Pocus and cartoonesque horror shows are far more appropriate. Please do not drag the little ones into the Tales From the Crypt zone. Speaking of TFTC have you ever seen Bordello of Blood with Corey Feldman and Dennis Miller? Miller fans will love its wry sense of humor. Comedy lovers will likely indulge in Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Perhaps Independence Day or Deep Impact will broach your list. After all, Halloween is not all about terror and fright. Sometimes suspense with a hint of apocalyptic dystopias will suffice.
Well, there you have it ghouls and gals. Skeletons and witches, wiccans and wizards. There is something for everything this Halloween. You can have a trick (April Fool's Day) or a treat (The Silence of the Lambs). Live or die, make your choice this weekend...and on Monday (Halloween!).
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