I love Halloween. It's the time of year when scary movies begin to pop up all over the television.
Today's torture porn like the Saw films can't hold a candle to these oldies but goodies.Cutting off appendages in unusually cruel fashion is not scary. It's icky.
Watching Vincent Price spiral into madness in House of Usher is truly disturbing.
From those classics I graduated to movies like Alien, Halloween, The Thing, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Reanimator. George Romero's Dead series is a particular favorite and, for years, I watched Dawn of the Dead every Friday and Saturday night at midnight when I worked at a movie theater.
Today, I still enjoy a good fright. Paranormal Activity was a highlight in recent years and I love The Walking Dead on AMC.
Bring on Ridley Scott's Prometheus next year.