October is a great month for Horror!

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Sinister. October 2012

It’s October! And even though the official first day of fall was September 22, the start of October brings the familiar sights and smells of a few of my favorite things… pumpkin spice lattes, boots, sweaters, corn mazes, harvest festivals, Halloween candy, and HORROR MOVIES!

My first memory of the horror genre was watching AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979 classic) and listening to ghost stories at a third-grade sleepover. I was hooked, fascinated by the thoughts and conversations of ghosts and demons and demon possession.  A great horror film is an adrenaline rush, an epic ride full of excitement and fear, enduring extreme terror in order to enjoy a euphoric release at the end of the film. (although I think the best stories are ones that leave more questions than answers and haunt you for days after viewing.)

How fitting that after moving to Los Angeles, I was introduced to screenwriter and director, Scott Derrickson, who primarily works in my favorite genre-  HORROR! Throughout the years, I have become dear friends with Scott and his wife, Joyce, and an aunt to their two little boys. I have tremendous respect for his character, his work, and his philosophy & theology behind horror. (If you are interested in reading more on Scott you can check out the articles below)

The jumping picture above was taken in Los Angeles, CA in 2012 – promoting a film that Scott co-wrote and directed called SINISTER. Rent it this Halloween if you haven’t seen it!

Scott and I have regularly scheduled “horror nights” and I attribute much of my Top 25 Horror Film list to movies that he has introduced me to (I Saw the Devil is still haunting me a year later).

So, in honor of October – of Halloween – of creepy crawly spooky things – here are a few of my favorite horror films (in no particular order)

Happy Fall! Happy October! Happy Horror watching!

Kimberly’s Favorite Horror Films

  1. Sinister
  2. I Saw the Devil
  3. El Orfanato
  4. The Conjuring
  5. The Amityville Horror (1979)
  6. Evil Dead
  7. Cabin in the Woods
  8. Silence of the Lambs
  9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  10. The Shining
  11. The Ring
  12. Let me In
  13. Lovely Molly
  14. [REC]
  15. V/H/S
  16. The Others
  17. The Descent
  18. Tucker & Dale vs Evil
  19. Paranormal Activity
  20. Scream
  21. SEVEN
  22. The Exorcist
  23. Rosemary’s Baby
  24. SAW
  25. Zombieland

Articles featuring Scott Derrickson:

http://www.zekefilm.org/2013/02/20/interview-scott-derrickson/

http://www.starburstmagazine.com/features/interviews/3706-interview-scott-derrickson-director-of-sinister

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/augustweb-only/scottderrickson.html

http://www.spu.edu/depts/uc/response/summer2k5/bookfilm/EmilyRose.asp

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