8 can’t-miss horror films for Halloween

Do you like scary movies? If your answer is yes, you’re in luck because they’re heeeeeere. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. It’s time to curl up with a bowl of fava beans and a nice Chianti (if you’re of drinking age) and hit play on some horror classics. It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

UNCSA School of Filmmaking students and faculty curated a list of horror flicks to watch this Halloween:

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
 A Nightmare on Elm Street

“Wes Craven made me scared to go to sleep, but I’ve never had more fun being afraid!”

– Aidan Crowley ’17, Producing

Join UNCSA School of Filmmaking on Saturday, October 29, for a screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street on 35mm with pizza, raffles and more. Proceeds support the Class of 2017's spring trip to Los Angeles.


“Gremlins” (1984)

“It will always be a classic in my mind. It has the perfect amount of camp and a really great premise. It isn’t nearly as frightening as I found it when I was a kid, but it’s still a ton of fun.”

– Theo Sturz ’18, Cinematography

“Cabin Fever” (2003)
 Cabin Fever

“‘Cabin Fever’ is the ‘little horror film that could!’ It cost only $1 million to make, and grossed over $33 million. Peter Jackson called it ‘the best horror film of the decade’ and it’s now a cult classic.”

Lauren Vilchick, Producing faculty, Producer of “Cabin Fever”

“Suspiria” (1977)

“It’s set in a haunted arts school, so maybe people will identify with it. It’s by Dario Argento, who was known for his Italian slasher crime films, which are called giallo, and this is one of his most recognized ones.”

– Maria Marrero ’17, Editing and Sound

“Evil Dead 2” (1987) 
Evil Dead 2

“It’s not the scariest movie out there, but it has to be – by and large – the most entertaining horror film I’ve ever seen. The DIY special effects and slapstick gore are both hilarious and awe-inspiring, and the movie never lets up for a moment, making it endlessly rewatchable. Plus, Bruce Campbell is like the brie of cheesy acting.”

– Chris Dold ’17, Editing

“Cloverfield” (2008) 

“I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, but I do enjoy a good thriller from time to time. "Cloverfield" is a great one that employs a unique stylistic technique to tell the story of a monster invading New York.”

– Ryan Morris ’17, Cinematography

“Candyman” (1992) 

“This film gets to you mostly by how well it is written and directed by Bernard Rose. And it does not hurt that it’s based on the short story, “The Forbidden,” by Clive Barker.”

Bob Keen, Production Design & Visual Effects faculty, special effects team member for “Candyman”

“The Thing” (1982)
The Thing 

“From start to finish, Carpenter’s masterpiece keeps you on the edge of your seat, engulfing you in its frigid arctic atmosphere. The audience never knows who the monster will target next. John L. Lloyd’s amazing production design holds up to this day and this is a horror film any sensible cinephile will gladly rave about for hours on end.”

– Dorian Thomas ’18, Producing


by Hannah Callaway

October 28, 2016