Five Horror Films To Scare Up Your Halloween Spirit

It’s (almost) Halloween and you want to burn off some of those candy calories by watching a horror film.

I can help you.

First of all: Yes, you can burn calories watching horror films. (At least, that’s what the small sample of people tested in this study demonstrated.)

The top movies for burning calories were as follows:

1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories

The thing is, you’ve probably seen those movies.

You need some fresh blood. Some fresh scares.

This is where I can help you.

I’m going to point to films available on Netflix Instant for your convenience.

I recently watched “V/H/S 2.” It uses the found-footage conceit to some pretty effective ends and features several different directors.

I watched it alone. At night. It’s certifiably creepy.

I was pleased to learn that many of the films of Italian giallo master Mario Bava are streaming. His films are always visually arresting (even if the stories don’t always make the most sense), and he was an immense influence on later horror and sci-fi filmmakers.

Bava’s first credited directorial effort, the Italian gothic film “Black Sunday,” is still one of his most beloved.

However, if you want to see Bava in glorious color (and trust me, you do), check out “Kill, Baby … Kill.” Martin Scorsese considers it Bava’s masterpiece.

Brandon Cronenberg’s (yes, he’s the son of David) “Antiviral” isn’t a horror movie with scares, but it has lots of ideas, needles and general body manipulation that will make you squirm in discomfort. It’s a brilliant concept that is executed well. If you like the work of David Cronenberg, you’ll definitely want to see this.

Finally, if you are more interested in hearing the personal side of an allegedly true horror story that has taken on mythological proportions, you’ll want to watch “My Amityville Horror.” It features extensive interviews with Daniel Lutz, the son who lived in the Amityville home during the alleged hauntings, and many others who were involved with the story. It may just leave you with more questions than answers.

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