5 Films For The Discerning Horror Enthusiast


Matt Fitzwater, Reporter

Here we are, everyone… October! The weather is changing, and pumpkin-everything is being shoved into your face everywhere you look. Nevertheless, the heat is wearing off and you’ve slipped on that flannel and long sleeve T to head out to a million bonfires and/or haunted attractions. But you haven’t been officially invited yet. So – in order to properly get into the spirit of Halloween – I propose that you turn to cinema to quench your macabre, cider-y thirst. I have included here a handful of films that showcase – what I consider to be – a good range to start with. You will scream, or puke, or laugh; all of these bodily functions are considered “good reviews.”

So grab some friends, turn off the lights, and gather around a TV. A Television! Not a laptop or an iPad, I cannot stress this enough. Keep an open mind, and maybe a change of pants.


  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985)-
    Do you like zombies? Do you like punks? Do you like the 80’s? If you answered yes to all three and haven’t seen this film then it’s time to do some homework.
  • House (1977)-
    70’s Japanese horror! Proto-Evil Dead wackiness and a rad soundtrack. If you’re looking to have fun while you scream, this is the pick.
  • The Fly (1986)-
    CRONENBERG. GOLDBLUM. Two last names to ensure optimum enjoyment. Also, some of the best gruesome practical effects to grace the big screen.
  • The Exorcist (1973)-
    A (local) classic! Ever been to Washington D.C.? Always thought Georgetown was kind of eerie and/or possibly a space that the devil might enjoy hanging out in? Here’s a confirmation. THE POWER OF TERRIFYING SPECIAL EFFECTS AND BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES WILL COMPEL YOU!
  • Eraserhead (1977)-
    Any attempt to explain this film is futile. Just know that it is haunting and incredible. If you get too scared, just remember, in heaven everything is fine!

Honorable Addition:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)-
    In honor of the late Wes Craven (1939-2015), sit down and watch his masterpiece. Just as well, acquaint yourself with cinema’s most quotable psycho-supernatural slasher, Freddie Kruger. Tip: Do not fall asleep.