The Arts Staff Presents: Our Top 3 Horror Films


By Arts Staff

SAM’S PICK: ‘PSYCHO’Sam BertschmannArts Editor

One of the most iconic horror films of all time and the inspiration for many a Simpsons episode, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is easily my favorite scary movie.

The 1960 film centers on the strange happenings at the mysterious Bates Hotel as well as the peculiar behavior of its proprietor, Norman (Anthony Perkins) and his elusive yet apparently overbearing mother.

Psycho follows the unexplained disappearances of the establishment’s guests, growing increasingly chilling as the film progresses and concluding with a bizarre twist guaranteed to keep viewers up at night, especially on a dark Halloween evening.

CAITLIN’S PICK: ‘AUDITION’Caitlin GardnerStaff Writer

Takashi Miike’s Audition begins as an ordinary, staid, and normal film, but by the time the movie is over, audiences are left feeling positively sick to their stomachs from watching torture and dismemberments. I personally felt manipulated by Miike’s twisted genius.

The movie begins with a young woman who goes to an audition that, in actuality, is an elaborate ruse designed by a single, older man in a creepy effort to find a new lover. However, when her story is revealed, it becomes clear that the gentleman is in real danger.

The final 15 minutes of the film left me in complete paralysis from their intensity, insanity, and viscera.

ISAAC’S PICK: ‘LET THE RIGHT ONE IN’Isaac FurmanContributing Writer

The concept of a vampire has become somewhat distorted in recent years, so I’m a little embarrassed to say that my favorite movie focuses on these creatures. But don’t worry, I’m not referring to the glittery, sexy vampires that have penetrated our bookstores and our movie theaters, I’m referring instead to the spooky, undead bloodsuckers of the 2008 Swedish movie Let the Right One In. In stark contrast to the harmless creatures of the Twilight series, these monsters are downright creepy.

Let the Right One In tells the story of two kids and how their innocent relationship takes a dark turn once they realize that one is a vampire. It’s a great movie to watch around Halloween.


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