The most chilling content in your favorite horror films

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For those who don’t know, Easter eggs are hidden messages, characters, images or sounds that hold some of a film’s best-kept secrets and since they’re sprinkled in the least obvious places, they often encourage fans to re-watch the movies to hunt them down and interpret their meanings. So, if you’re a horror fan who enjoys combing through some of the most spooktacular scenes of the genre, then chances are the examples below are already on your radar, but if you’re someone who undeniably gets caught up in the hype of the chilling plot sequences, then you may have missed these clever cornerstones to some of the best horror films of all time. Needless to say, did you want to join our Easter egg hunt? 

The Exorcist (1973)

Just because this ‘70s classic is almost 50-years-old, doesn’t mean that it holds less of a place among other horror masterpieces. In fact, the effects are considered to be monumental for their time and paved the way for decades of inspiration for the best horror films! That being said, this demonic franchise has a few Easter eggs tucked away for the fan’s enjoyment. Director William Friedkin added subliminal sounds and images to the final cut of the movie to assist in keeping the audience on edge, even after they left the theatre. The vibrations of heavy machines operating and the resonance of buzzing bees were a couple of examples of what he used to trigger the unconscious fight-or-flight mechanisms of the human psyche. Also, frightening faces of evil beings were hidden throughout the entire film — too fast for the naked eye to spot, but prominent enough when the movie was placed on pause. So, if you’re a fan of this unnerving film, it’s worth orchestrating a re-watch to see what sounds and images you’re able to spot! Shop: Regan exorcist figure.

Saw (2004)

Many of the best horror films ever made focus on setting the scene to stir up terror among their audiences, whereas Saw shifted the spotlight onto other elements such as blood, gore, and the dispersal of fearsome clues. Nevertheless, the ending of the flick remains one of the most shocking plots in horror history, but if audiences paid attention in the first place, the hidden Easter eggs could have given away many of the story’s mysterious details. For example, do you remember the scene where John Kramer (Jigsaw) is brought to the hospital where Dr. Gordon works? Well, if you look closely at the frame, there is a sketchbook next to Kramer’s bed that shows the inner workings of an image closely resembling the infamous reverse beartrap contraption. Who knew this crafty serial killer had all the evidence to his plans right under our noses? 

IT: Chapter One (2017) 

While the king of horror has adapted many feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books from his suspenseful, fiction novels, IT is arguably one of the most well-known, and terrifying, in the horror genre. Pennywise the dancing clown has a new look in his latest adaptation and this diabolical creature’s embellishments are not easy to forget. In fact, one of the Easter eggs in the first installment of the two-part movie is that he possesses this creepy ability to change his eye colour at will. While there are many features about Pennywise that make your skin crawl, his power to adjust his eye colour is part of his convincing, friendly nature since yellow would likely be associated as “evil”, blue represents just the amount of comfort Pennywise needs to convince his prey to inch a little bit closer! 

What are the best horror films containing otherworldly Easter eggs that you can name? Drop a comment below to share with our readers. 

  

Rainy day horror films that are worth a re-watch

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Since you can pretty much expect rainy weather for much of November, why not embrace the wicked showers by staying indoors and binge-watching all of your favorite, unnerving horror films? The best part is that there’s is no need to set the scene because the repulsive clouds outside already have hardcore fans embracing the natural ambiance. So, whether you’re a lover of classic horror or a lover of lazy movie days, it’s time for you to sort through our array of horror movies for sale to find a few that cast a shadowy specter of unease across the television screen. 

Psycho (1960)

If you’re on the haunt for an alarming flick that’s bound to embellish the same dreary vibes as the rainstorm outside, then you’ll want to pop in this psychological thriller and watch what happens to those who find themselves traveling the back roads during a heavy drizzle. It’s safe to say that every horror lover has seen the original Psycho, directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, the renowned pioneer of the genre. So, whether you’re a fan of old-timey, black and white horrors or you simply have an interest in taxidermy, watching this suspenseful classic will have you checking the room for peepholes. 

The Exorcist (1973)

The best way to handle the temperature drop and all the misty, afternoon downpours in the foreseeable forecast, is by snuggling up on your couch to indulge in a film that’s likely the culprit who got you devilishly interested in horror. Thus, no matter how many times you’ve watched the terrifying events that lead Pazuzu to take complete control over Regan, this spellbinding account of the real-life 1949 exorcism will continue to offer you all the chills and thrills. Who knows? If the weather persists you may even possess an intense desire to see what lurks in your creep-tastic attic?  

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1980)

Climbing to yet another decade of horror genius, this dreamy film has a way of flooding back when you re-watch all of Freddy’s mysterious acts of torment. There’s never a bad time to look back at the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise as a way to alarmingly remind ourselves why we love the disfigured spunk of this frightful villain. So, why not get comfy by locking your doors, grabbing your crucifix and relishing in one of the best films the ‘80s had to offer. And while you may feel like the bad weather is your worst fear come true, when you’re pulled back to reality, you will quickly realize that a few raindrops cannot beat the blood and unpredictability of being a character within this cult classic. 

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What are the most common fears that inspire horror movies?

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While there are many notable horror movies that creatively craft their plot sequences from pure imagination, there are also those who take inspiration from the primal instincts of the human brain. Whether it’s an emotional reaction to pure darkness, built up tension leading to a striking moment of terror or a simple, unexpected jump scare, these elemental details are what keeps fans of the genre gripping their seats with fear and suspense. Since filmmakers feed on these emotional reactions to create a powerfully, spooky movies, you can pretty much guarantee that screenwriters and directors are known to recycle the same heightened phobias. Whether it’s a time-honored horror flick or a crummy addition to the dreadful genre, you can rest assured that the following horror hang-ups will continue to find their place into the chilling timeline of future films.

Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)

While arachnophobia can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the person, psychologists believe that it is a fear that is instilled by the conditioning from a loved one. This means that most people who say that they’re fearful of spiders do not necessarily undergo an experience that instills “spider trauma”, but they have been told by a close friend or relative to be scared of creepy crawlies. So, it’s not the fear of being bitten, but rather the fear of their erratic movements and their abundance of legs and eyeballs that fuels this phobia fire. Needless to say, horror movies like Arachnophobia and The Exorcist have really taken the fear of spiders to a whole new level.

Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)

The concept of a creepy, evil clown is nothing new. In fact, horror movies like Stephen King’s IT and the Killjoy franchise have capitalized on it. While coulrophobia is more common in children, this intense fear is known to build up into adulthood. But why are so many people scared of clowns? Psychologists believe that this familiar fear is usually the result of a traumatic childhood experience and since humans rely on facial expressions to understand each other, the exaggerated, distorted, painted-on faces of clowns are something we become fixated and fearful of. Not to mention, clowns are mischievous, uncertain and in many cases portrayed as tricksters. It’s their appearance and unpredictability that makes you wallow is discomfort at the sight of them in horror movies.  

Fear of puppets (pupaphobia)

Although pupaphobia is not as common as some other fears, there are still many people who’re scared of these uncanny hunks of wood and plastic. Although the fear of puppets is also generally developed through a case of childhood trauma, which makes it such a unique phobia is the fact that puppets are not real. Although they’re human-like and realistic in their appearance, the very notion of them moving or talking in any way has the ability to invoke suspicion and uneasiness in anyone. This is probably why Goosebumps’ Slappy and Saw’s Billy Puppet have become such wildly popular horror icons!

Are there any other fears that you can think of that horror movies utilize? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Horror movies based on frightful written works

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While it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the bloodcurdling excitement of horror movies, in our opinion, it’s equally as riveting to read a mysterious horror novel if you’re looking for a literary fright-fest. Needless to say, while many horror-ific productions actually come from unique, creatively written scripts, there are also quite a few scares that have taken inspiration from some alarming written works. So, since you’ve probably seen some classic horror films that have clawed their way into a special place in your mind, how about immortalizing their plot sequences by reading the delicately detailed novels as well? Although, do you know which of your creep-tastic favorites were horror novels before they sprang to life on the big screen?

Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s seminal horror film, Hellraiser, was actually inspired by the writer/director’s novella that was first published in 1986. Entitled, The Hellbound Heart, this horror page-turner was actually the third installment in a trilogy about an extradimensional realm that contained inhabitants that were dedicated to sadomasochism and human torture. Just like the movie, sexual deviant Frank opens the puzzle box portal and unleashes the gruesome cenobites who begin by tearing his body limb from limb. Whether you’re feeling torn between binge-watching the franchise or simply binge-reading the series, both adaptations have a unique combination of words and imagery to get your chilling imagination stirring.

The Exorcist

William Peter Blatty first published The Exorcist, in 1971 detailing the fictional story of character Regan MacNeil’s demonic possession. Having also written the screenplay for the movie with the same name released in 1973, both adaptations offer almost a word for word conversion between the book and film. Needless to say, although the book was widely popular, it did not possess the same shock factor as its film counterpart. Many critics labeled The Exorcist the scariest movie for its time and to see the spiderlike demon crawling with her body arched was far more horrifying than ever reading about the scene — not to mention the distinct voice and personality that roars and thunders from the girl’s body. That being said, as impressively powerful and traumatizing as both adaptations were, they set the bar pretty high for the horror genre.

Psycho

Whether you enjoy relishing in killer cult film classics like Psycho or you’re more into the A&E network series Bates Motel, you still can’t help but wonder where the inspiration for the story came from. Well, the reality is that author Robert Bloch paved the groundwork for the monumental film in his novel entitled, Psycho, which was published in 1959. One year later the famous slasher by the same name was born and Alfred Hitchcock brought Norman Bates to life on the big screen. All in all, the bones of the book remain intact throughout the film but the movie took on a whole entity of its own.

Have you watched any horror movies and also read their horror movie counterparts? Tell us which of them you preferred in the comments section below.

What type of horror fan are you?

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If you’re a true horror fan then you probably crave a myriad of classic, cult and thriller films in order to satisfy your devilish desires. Maybe you love the horror movie genre because you’re obsessed with otherworldly folklore or perhaps the psychological terrors of a potential apocalypse trigger an intense, instinctive response that cranks your creep-tastic wheel. Although you’re a horror fan through and through, even the most dead-icated worshiper can be convinced to make a deal with the devil. So, what we’re really asking is do you know what kind of horror fan you are?

Possession

If you find yourself fiercely drawn into plot sequences that involved demons, ghosts, scary, haunted motels and animate objects that have a mind of their own than you’re the type of horror fan who relishes in films about bloodcurdling possession. It could be the unpredictability of the genre, the strange, unexplainable outcomes or the ambiguous characters, but this horror sub-genre has a supernatural power to invade you and take control. That being said, The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project are the perfect films to question your faith and beliefs.

Psychological Thrillers

This particular horror sub-genre revolves about the practicalities of characters who are unstable or delusional. So, essentially people who are pushed to their limits. Many people are drawn to this particular niche in horror because of the mystery, drama and twisting perspectives…not to mention the paranoia of potential for these stories to be based on true events. Thrillers deliberately use tricks to create tension within the audience which maximizes their anxious suspense. That being said, Silence of the Lambs and Psycho are the perfect films to satisfy your horror cravings.

Hauntings

While possession movies may spark your interest, you’re fonder of films that dabble in the supernatural. Whether it’s a haunted house, bringing the dead back to life or zombie-fied motion pictures, you tend to steer in the direction of the distorted, but familiar, reality films that revolve about the intrusion of evil or haunting presences. That being said, The Shining and The Grudge have the ability to offer you the right kind of cinematic terror.

Found Footage Horror

If you’re the type of horror fan that relishes in the idea of watching an entire movie from the perspective of a camera recording, then you’re a lover of found footage horror. By far one of the toughest sub-genres to keep the audience involved, these movies often offer the extra thrill of spooky encounters caught on film. Not to mention the potential that’s left behind for the characters who find the footage later. That being said, Paranormal Activity and Unfriended are a couple frightening found footage films that might tickle your fancy.

Slashers

This is probably one of the most actively followed horror sub-genres and usually involves some sort of psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people. If you’re obsessed with blood and gore, as well as unprovoked killing using bladed tools and weaponry, then slasher films are probably the right horror movies to rack up your body count…I mean movie count. That being said, Friday the 13th and Halloween would be the right franchises to follow if you’re insanely obsessed with graphic murders.

What type of horror fan are you? Tell us in the comments section below.

Four of the worst horror movie sequels of all time

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Whether you’re a horror film lover who indulges in the bloodcurdling nature of horror movies year-round or you simply binge-watch to your heart’s content for the entire month of October, there’s no doubt that everyone has their opinions when it comes to the most gruesomely awesome tales and the ones that are just plain boo. That being said, regardless of whether you prefer the slow moving torment of psychotic killers like Michael Myers rather than the demonic possession of dolls such as Chucky, there’s no denying that these pop-culture slasher films have earned a rightful place in our horror loving hearts, but how sequel movies that are so incredibly terrible that they their nonsensical plotlines make you stir in your grave…or on your couch.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

There’s no arguing the spine-chilling originality behind the notorious Leatherface and his home of relative minions, but why did producers have to ruin the story of our favorite chainsaw wielding maniac by redefining his character in an otherwise terrible prequel? Let’s be real here…real horror fans don’t care about his sob story as to why he peels back the skin of his victims and turns them into masks. They only care about his daunting persistence when it comes to catching his prey. So, if you’ve seen this film, we feel bad for you, and if you haven’t please don’t even bother. Please just stick to the cult classic from the early 70s. After all, the masks are absolutely brilliant in their ingenuity.

The Fly 2

When it comes to unsuccessful sequels The Fly 2, in our opinion, is unable to stand tall next to its prior memorable masterpiece. The whole mutant father passes his genetic to mutant son has been so abused by horror movies that it lacked any sense of imagination and creativeness.

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

Maybe it was just the positively nauseating camerawork or potentially the boring scripted documentary style, but this sequel film definitely didn’t do its predecessor any justice. It lacked the edgy appeal of the original film, which predates this one by only a year. Maybe the producers should have given it a bit more time in between or maybe the pointless storyline could have used a few more rewrites? Regardless of how you feel about the second film in this horror franchise, we can probably both agree that when it’s compared to other horror movies, it lacks any true depth or supernatural appeal beyond a sense of mass hysteria.

The Exorcist II

There has to be a correlation between poor horror movies and badly written sequels. While the original Exorcist movie did incredibly well at the box office, notably becoming one of the most popular supernatural horror films of all time, it also set the groundwork for future possession-type films. However, the second movie didn’t really serve a purpose in aiding the originals already high horror status. In fact, as one of the otherworldly five film franchise, it investigated the death of the priest who was killed during the original exorcist. Luckily, horror movie lovers have continued to re-watch the first film without tarnish their connection to its legacy through the poorly executed sequels.

Do you know of any other sequels to horror movies that simply don’t make the cut? Tell us in the comments section below.

Satisfy Your Appetite for Horror with These 5 Cult Movies

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Satisfy Your Appetite for Horror with These 5 Cult Movies

With Halloween just two months away, we are making our list of top five cult horror movies to get us in the mood for the macabre. Do you dare to watch these?

The Exorcist

There is nothing quite as frightening as the idea of demonic possession, but the demonic possession of a child? That is definitely the stuff nightmares are made of. In this terrifying cult horror movie, based loosely on real events, Regan MacNeil, possessed by the devil changes from a sweet young child to a levitating, body-contorting, profanity spewing, vile manifestation of the devil. Shudder with terror as you watch the hair-raising exorcism scenes and the famous 180-degree head turn.

The Shining

Here’s another great horror classic to put you in the mood for Halloween. A chilling adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Shining, this psychological thriller follows Jack Torrance, a writer who moves to an isolated hotel with his family to take care of the establishment. Filled with psychic premonitions and visions, the movie terrifies audiences as the main character becomes gradually possessed by a malevolent presence. Gnaw your nails off as you unravel the dark secrets of the hotel.

Carrie

Another terrifying adaptation a Stephen King horror novel, Carrie is the revenge fantasy story of a sensitive and reserved teen named Carrie White. Cruelly ridiculed by her classmates and verbally abused by her repressive and psychotic mother, Carrie discovers her telekinetic powers brought on by the onset of adolescence. Events quickly start to deteriorate as she clashes with her religiously fanatic mother and her sadistic classmates. Following a brutally humiliating prank at the high school prom, Carrie unleashes her fury on everyone who has ever taunted her.

Poltergeist

This movie follows the story of a regular family whose home is haunted by a Poltergeist. When ten-year old Carol Anne first hears a voice emanating from the TV set, she initially mistakes it for that of a playful child, but soon things take a turn for the worse, and the voices become angry and menacing, eventually pulling Carol Anne into their world. Watch with dread as the parents seek the help of an exorcist to liberate their child from the clutches of evil.

Psycho

When Marion Crane, a secretary on the run after stealing money from her employer, decides to sojourn at the Bates Motel, she meets Norman Bates, a polite, yet bizarre young man skilled at taxidermy, who has a complicated and tumultuous relationship with his mother. This complex psychological thriller features a cleverly executed amalgam of voyeurism, Oedipal tendencies, dark imagery, and perverted secrets that will have you jumping out of your seat.

What are your favorite cult horror movies? Join the conversation by commenting below.