- Paranormal Activity – This is the film that breathed new life into the found footage genre of horror films, and created a successful franchise. Katie and Micah are experiencing some strange supernatural events in their home, and much of what is happening is caught on film, thanks to security cameras set up inside. I will never forget the first time I saw the hair-raising sequence where something walks through the film of baby powder the couple has sprinkled on the floor.
- Planet Terror – Remember when we discussed Death Proof earlier in this article? Well, Planet Terror was the other part of Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse double feature. A biochemical outbreak is causing a zombie-like apocalypse, and a handful of survivors are fighting for their lives, including Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer who had a leg eaten by the zombies. No problem, her boyfriend replaces it with an assault rifle! It’s a fun, fast-paced flick, filled with actors you will know and love.
- Rob Zombie’s Halloween – Of all the Halloween films in that franchise, this one is probably the most divisive. Part remake, part origin film, this Halloween entry gave us an up-close and very personal look at Michael Myers’s traumatic childhood and all of the bloody events that followed. Scout Taylor-Compton played a less virginal Laurie Strode, and in a fun Easter Egg, Danielle Harris (who played Jamie Loyd in Halloween 4 and 5) played Annie. This was a way more gritty, blood re-telling of the Halloween storyline.
- Thankskilling – Among the most beloved of all ridiculous horror films is this holiday-themed, over-the-top flick, which features a topless pilgrim and a tomahawk-wielding killer turkey (and that’s just the opening scene). As if a film featuring a murderous turkey wasn’t enough of a treat, the whipped cream on top of the pumpkin pie is this bit of news: it was adapted as a stage musical. You are welcome!
- Trick ‘r Treat – Look, I love Halloween as much as any other horror fan, but there is no film out there that embodies the holiday as much as this one does. Every frame is a loving tribute to Samhain, and each of the stories contained in this anthology-style movie is 100% Halloween-related. And could there be any better symbol of Halloween than the innocent looking Sam, clad in orange footie pajamas and wearing a burlap mask?
I hope you have enjoyed this little slice of horror from 15 years back, and I hope it inspires you to look up a few of these films, especially if you have never seen them before. When you do, make a toast to FanSided.
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