What better time of year is there to take advantage of that magnificent home theater in your Montecito home than Halloween? Horror movie night is an easy, yet thrilling way to get into the spooky spirit and the luxury homes of Southern California are usually outfitted with the latest and greatest technology that helps to make viewing a truly enthralling experience.
Here are a few classic horror films to screen on movie night this month:
The eponymous movie of the season also happens to be one of the most classic horror films of all time. Featuring a young Jamie Lee Curtis and perhaps the creepiest masked man of all time, “Halloween” follows the story of a young babysitter fighting for her life against the deranged madman Michael Myers, who is on the loose after spending 15 years in a local sanitarium.
Filmed in 1978, this is one of the classic films crafted by a master of horror storytelling John Carpenter. The film was so successful that is spawned a series of sequels, some of which might be considered for later movie nights, however the first in the series remains supreme for its iconic madman has been imitated on numerous occasions, yet never duplicated.
What Halloween season would be complete without Jack Nicholson smashing through a door with an axe only to poke his maniacal face through and evince those legendary words, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” This classic film is one of the finest from director Stanley Kubrick, who was a master at taking the observer out of their element and surprising them with the unexpected.
“The Shining” tells the story of the Torrance family as they embark on a long winter as caretakers of the Overlook Hotel, the site of more than a few brutal crimes. The family soon becomes plagued by the dark overtones of the hotel as Jack, the father, grows mad and Danny, the young son, makes connections with the hotel’s creepy spirits.
Never has a movie made taking a shower in a motel more terrifying than Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic film. “Psycho” forever altered the genre of the silver screen thriller, and did so in such high and flawless style. The film follows Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling $40,000 from her employer.
The motel is run by an odd fellow named Norman Bates, who it seems is always combating the overbearing presence of his nagging mother. Ranked highly among the greatest films of all time, “Psycho” set a new standard for depicting violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films.
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