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Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 12

by Thomas Conlan 

Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Paramount Pictures


The human psyche is as fragile as it is fascinating. The complexities of head and heart during a period of madness can be as fearful as the scariest of horror films. Like many of us, Alfred Hitchcock understood this and believed that the only way to get rid of his fears was to make movies about them. 1960’s Psycho was his attempt to part ways with fear and introduce us to a unique cinematic portrayal of madness like none before. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 12”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 11

by Fallon Morey 

Alien (1979)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Twentieth Century Fox


Disclaimer: this author has always considered Alien (1979) among the scariest movies of all time. Ridley Scott’s commercial directorial debut showed the world that science movies can be scarier than their psycho-killer-in-a-mask counterparts. It launched Sigourney Weaver’s acting career in her first starring role as Ellen Ripley and brought artist H. R. Giger’s work into mainstream visibility. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 11”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 10

by Caitlin Marceau

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Directed by Steve Beck
Warner Bros.


When Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) is told that his uncle Cyrus (F. Murray Abraham) has passed away, he and his family inherit a lot more than just money and a big house. Unbeknownst to them, they inherit a death machine with the power to keep their souls trapped for all eternity, along with a collection of angry ghosts curated by Cyrus himself… which includes the spirit of Arthur’s newly-deceased wife. With the help of clairvoyant Dennis Rafkin (Matthew Lillard), the family must find a way to escape before it’s too late. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 10”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 9

by Caitlin Marceau 

Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Directed by Neil Jordan
Geffen Pictures


Before vampires could sparkle, before having a soul was cool, and before they kept diaries, there was the Interview With The Vampire. Based on the novel by horror legend Anne Rice (who also wrote the screenplay), this 1994 hit stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and even Kirsten Dunst. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 9”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 8

by Fallon Morey 

The Ring (2002)
Directed by Gore Verbinski
DreamWorks Distribution


Before you die, you see the ring.

At least, that’s what Gore Verbinski would have us paranoid about by the end of his 2002 Americanized remake of the 1998 Japanese horror cult classic Ringu by Hideo Nakata. Verbinski’s version is what started a run of Japanese horror movie remakes (The Grudge and Shutter, both released in 2004, followed). The Ring has since spawned two other American sequels, not unlike its Japanese counterpart, which spawned sequels, prequels, and a television series. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 8”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 7

by Caitlin Marceau 

Misery (1990)
Directed by Rob Reiner
Columbia Pictures Corporation


For most millennials, Kathy Bates is best known for her horrifying roles in the hit series American Horror Story. But for those of us old enough to have seen an R-rated film in the ‘90s, her penchant for playing terrifying characters was first—and arguably best—demonstrated in the film Misery.

Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 7”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 5

by Brooke Warra 

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
American International Pictures (AIP)


The Amityville Horror began with the real life murders of the Defoe family in their Long Island home in 1974. Perhaps even more captivating than this true-life tale of an entire family’s murder at the hands of their son and brother was the subsequent haunting of the Lutz family, who bought the home after the Defoe’s deaths. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 5”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 4

by Caitlin Marceau 

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Directed by John Fawcett
Cinema Village Features


The first—but not last—of the Canadian features to make the list, Ginger Snaps is the story of two death-obsessed sisters who find themselves in a bit of a hairy situation after Ginger (played by Katharine Isabelle) is bitten by a werewolf on the night of her first period.  Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 4”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 3

by Michael Brueggeman 

Suspiria (1977)
Directed by Dario Argento
20th Century Fox International Classics


Dario Argento’s 1977 giallo film, Suspiria, is a cult cinema classic. Between the assaultive cinematography of Luciano Tovoli, and the hypnotic, prog-rock soundtrack of Italian band Goblin, Suspiria rests firmly on the cutting-edge, throat first. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 3”