I watch a lot of movies. I like the artsy stuff: the dramas, the comedies.
But some of my favorite movies to watch â€” whether it’s Halloween or not â€” are horror films.
After class on Halloween, I’ll be watching a few horror movies, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites most people haven’t seen whether or not theyâ€™re actually good. Some are so bad you can laugh at them.
1. â€œAuditionâ€ (2000)
Plot: A movie producer holds a fake audition to find a new wife, but the girl he picks ends up having a spotty history. Things get weird.
Why I like it: This is a Japanese horror movie that shockingly hasn’t been remade yet â€” even though it’s better than all the Rings, the Grudges and Pulses put together. A&E put together a list of the 100 scariest movies ever and Audition made the top 10. To put it in perspective: this movie scared Rob Zombie.
Avoid it if: You couldn’t stomach “Hostel.”
2. â€œDog Soldiersâ€ (2002)
Plot: An army battalion in the middle of war games is attacked by werewolves.
Why I like it: It’s directed by Neil Marshall, the guy who made â€œThe Descent.â€ You know, that cave movie. Dog Soldiers, though, is like “Predator” with werewolves. This is a good one to watch if youâ€™re waiting for â€œAliens vs. Predator: Requiem,â€ as Dog Soldiers has the same feel with army types shooting semi-automatic weapons at various beasts.
Avoid it if: You can’t stand British accents. This one has a lot of them.
3. â€œCubeâ€ (1997)
Plot: Seven strangers wake up in a maze with different blocked rooms. The rooms are trapped and they must figure out how to escape.
Why I like it: Itâ€™s better than any of the Saw sequels. I had the same feeling watching this as I did with the first Saw, though Cube lacks the over-the-top gore. Donâ€™t get me wrong: thereâ€™s still some, but itâ€™s more based on the tension that builds as the people go from room to room, not knowing if something will set off a trap. It’s interesting to see how the characters actually try to use smarts to survive.
Avoid it if: You like cinematography. The whole movie is a bunch of square rooms that all look the same.
4. â€œSlaughter Highâ€ (1986)
Plot: A group of adults go back to school for what they think is a class reunion. What they didn’t know is that a kid they teased in high school wants revenge for them disfiguring him in an accident.
Why I like it: I used to watch this all the time when I was little. People do the dumbest things when they know a killer is around, and they pay dearly for it in this slasher. Best part of the movie is the guy who drinks a beer laced with acid. Though it isn’t on DVD â€” it probably never will be â€” itâ€™s on FearNet every once in a while.
Avoid it if: You can’t stand people too stupid to survive. This movie is filled with them.
5. â€œTrollâ€ (1986)
6. “Troll 2” (1990)
Plot: In â€œTroll,â€ a troll tries to find a ring that will bring him back to the world. In â€œTroll 2,â€ a boy finds out the city heâ€™s vacationing in is filled with monsters.
Rating: D+, F+
Why I like it: These might be the worst movies ever made. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them, but theyâ€™re so bad theyâ€™re good. In â€œTroll,â€ the main characterâ€™s name is Harry Potter and there are wizards, elves and fantasy. It makes you wonder if J.K Rowling got drunk one night and loosely plagiarized a horrible 80s movie. Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s character — she also plays Elaine from “Seinfeld” — goes crazy and runs around in the woods naked while Sonny Bono plays a swinger that is always in his bathrobe and gets turned into a tree.
â€œTroll 2â€, though, is just bad. There arenâ€™t even any Trolls in the movie â€” theyâ€™re goblins â€” and it has nothing to do with the first movie. Even so, these two movies usually come packaged together, so you don’t have to pay for two rentals. â€œTroll 2â€ rates high on the unintentional comedy scale.
Avoid it if: You don’t enjoy watching movies that are so bad they’re good or if you don’t want to see Sonny Bono like this.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
A former child star abuses her more popular sister.
The Stepfather (1987)
A man starts to kill when his new family doesnâ€™t live up to his standards.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Two sisters have to deal with a werewolf bite in addition to their daily high school angst.
Benjamin Baxter contributed to this report.