Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 24

by Caitlin Marceau 

A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed by John Krasinski
Paramount Pictures


One of the best things about going to the movies is the buttery, fresh, hot from the popper popcorn, but if you caught this year’s A Quiet Place in theatres then chances are you didn’t eat anything for the film’s 90-minute runtime. That’s because the movie was so silent, so minimalist in its sound design, and so scare with music that the idea of crunching anything during its screening would have been sacrilegious. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 24”

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 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.

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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 2

by Caitlin Marceau

Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Directed by Edgar Wright
Focus Features


When we think of words to describe zombies, “funny” is usually the last one that comes to mind. But 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead, directed by Edgar Wright, is a movie that proves you can find hilarity just about anywhere. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as Shaun and Ed, two best friends who find themselves in the middle of an unexpected zombie apocalypse. While their first priority should be finding safety, the two of them—thanks to Shaun’s determination to get back together with the love of his life—find themselves on a long and perilous journey to, “Take [the] car. Go to mum’s. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.” Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 2”

‘Hereditary’ Redefines What Horror Is (SPOILERS!)

by Michael Brueggeman and Brooke Warra  People are talking about Hereditary and with good reason. The film is incredibly well-made, the acting is practically flawless, and the cinematography is impeccable with subtle and effective special effects. Hereditary has three acts and almost functions as three separate films, with the idea of loss and grief acting … Continue reading ‘Hereditary’ Redefines What Horror Is (SPOILERS!)