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5 Underrated Horror Movies for October

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 Even if you aren't a horror movie fanatic, around Halloween, something compels most of us to watch a few, and there are always the simple classics- Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream- and although these films are definitely good, there are many hidden gems that we miss out on because we focus on these so much. I'll be mentioning these on the following list, so this year, you'll be able to add a few more films to your personal list of classics.

5. The Babadook An independent film that does justice to the genre, The Babadook not only uses a terrifying monster to manifest tragedy but also manages to develop suspense and fear throughout using psychological horror. It is rare to find a film that blends together monsters with psychological fears as effectively as this one, and I'm not quite sure I've seen any that do it much better, so I definitely recommend it for a particularly unique viewing experience. After suffering through the tragedy of her husband died the night she gave birth to their son, Amelia is struggling through life as a single mom. Her son, Samuel's, constant skittish and violent mannerisms don't help either, as it causes most of her friends to become distant. Amidst all this, Samuel finds a storybook called "The Babadook" hidden in the house, inviting an evil spirit by the same name into their lives. This spirit causes things to go downhill majorly, and although Amelia tries on many occasions to destroy the book (and the monster accompanying it as well), it proves to be futile, and things get increasingly nightmarish for her and her son during the rest of the film.

4. Jeepers Creepers I've met a few people who swear by this movie- I am one of these people, in fact- but I have also met a fair amount of people who haven't seen it at all. If you are one of the latter, then you are missing out, because Jeepers Creepers is one of the freakiest boogeymen you'll ever see on-screen. A creature who commits ritualistic killings, and keeps a pit of modified corpses in the basement of an old church. Unfortunately for Darry and Patricia (Trish) Jenner, two siblings who are driving home after spring break, encounter this horrific lair upon trying to confront a "man" whom they saw nearby, after he almost ran them off the road during their drive, and then was seen dumping something suspicious into a pipe. This "man", however, is no human and is actually a demonic creature known as the Creeper. And, once Darry and Patricia discover his lair, he desperately wants to seek his revenge on them, as well as get a snack out of the whole ordeal.

3. Misery Based on the novel by Stephen King, creator of many nightmares and Halloween traditions, Misery is one of his lesser-known works, and also one of his best. It centers around a well-known author, named Paul Sheldon, who has a car accident in the middle of nowhere, and the fan, Annie Wilkes, who tries to save him. Except, Annie is no typical fanatic. She brings Paul to her small, remote home in the woods, and although her nurse training and healing helps him at first, she later uses it to harm him, after he tells her that he is killing off one of her favorite characters in his next novel. She enslaves him, using his vulnerable state to keep him where she wants him and forces him to rewrite his novel to cater to her wishes.

2. Drag Me To Hell A more modern horror story, this film has its followers, although they're few and far between. It incorporates genuine thrills and terror using the old-fashioned format of surprise, misdirection, and suggestion, which although cliché, works wonders in this case. It revolves around a young girl named Christine Brown, a loan officer at a bank who is dealing with issues most girls from recent generations deal with at some point- competition with a competent work colleague for an assistant manager position, and an iffy status with her boyfriend. An old woman, Mrs.Ganush, begs for a time extension on a loan, which Christine refuses. To take revenge, Mrs.Ganush curses Christine, which will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. She consults a psychic for help but faces some challenges along the way.

1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Although I usually prefer horror films that play on their psychological aspect more than their blood and gore, this is one of my exceptions. Probably because its main antagonist, Leatherface, is loosely based on a real murderer named Ed Gein. Sally Hardesty and her brother, Franklin, travel with their friends, Jerry, Kirk, and Pam, to visit the grave of the Hardestys' grandfather to investigate reports of vandalism and grave robbing. On their way, they pick up a hitchhiker, who they end up forcing out later on due to his behavior suddenly turning psychotic. After running out of gas, they cannot find anywhere to refuel, until they come across a small country house. It is here where the brutal killing spree begins, and the bloodbath continues until the end of the film. As I said, it may sound like a typical slasher cliché, but the fact that many of Leatherface's mannerisms and horrifying lust for death mirror that of real murderer and grave robber Ed Gein adds more dimension and intensity to the film.

By Jade Sherry

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