Halloween Flicks: This Week’s Top 5

October 11, 2012

The Blair Witch Project. Photo credit: Lions Gate Films

This month, DIRECTV CINEMA™ will be bringing you a collection of some of the spookiest horror films. Check back each week leading up to Halloween for a whole new batch of spine-tingling favorites.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
This Wes Craven classic is the one that started it all. Fred Krueger is a child molester burned alive by a group of angry parents. He comes back from the dead to seek revenge, attacking the parents’ children while they sleep. Originally released in 1984, the chilling film remains as inventive and terrifying as ever.

Cabin in the Woods
When five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods, they have no idea what’s in store for them. Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s the Avengers) brings to the horror genre a breath of fresh air with his witty play on its clichés. With Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins.

The Blair Witch Project
The documentary-style psychological thriller recounts the mysterious disappearance of three student filmmakers who go hiking in the Black Hills of Maryland to shoot a documentary about the legend of the Blair Witch. This low budget film composed of supposedly raw footage debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and proved to be one of the most successful indie films of all time.

The Omen
In Richard Donner‘s 1976 horror classic, Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is a U.S. diplomat living in Italy. When his wife Katherine’s (Lee Remick) pregnancy ends in stillbirth, he substitutes another baby whose mother has died in the hospital giving birth. At first Damien (Harvey Stephens) appears to be a normal little boy, but then strange things start to happen. Thorn soon confirms Damien’s real identity—that he’s Satan’s son who has come to destroy the world.

The Lost Boys
This ‘80s teen thriller tells the story of Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), two brothers who move to a small town in California and join a bloodsucking biker gang led by David (Keifer Sutherland). Its cool cast and eccentric soundtrack have cemented the movie as a pop-culture favorite.