Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 31

by Fallon Morey

Halloween (1978)
Directed by John Carpenter
Columbia Pictures Corporation


And now for the final day, Halloween! What better way to celebrate the spookiest of days—and the conclusion to Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween—than to jump in our time machines and go way back. Our pilot is director John Carpenter, who brings us back forty years to 1978 to the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the setting of his iconic movie which arguably helped spawn the entire sub-genre of slasher films. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 31”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 23

by Fallon Morey

Identity (2003)
Directed by James Mangold
Columbia Pictures Corporation


Identity is not technically a horror movie. Wikipedia and IMDB both classify it as a thriller, and while that’s true, it does have all of the ingredients of a good horror movie. There are jump scares, mystery, foreboding settings, a steadily growing body count, and a crazy killer on the loose. What more could you ask for in a Halloween-season movie? Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 23”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 16

by Fallon Morey

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Directed by Henry Selick
Buena Vista International


In this town we call home, everybody hail to the pumpkin song.

We open Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in Halloween Town, where the residents are vampires, monsters, zombies, and other spooky denizens. Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon) is our main character, a tall spindly skeleton in the midst of a personality crisis. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 16”

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 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”