Boo! Did we scare you? No? Okay, well, maybe a fright-night feature will get your knees knocking. In anticipation of Halloween, we asked a slew of celebrities to suggest their favorite scary movies to get you in the mood for the ooky, spooky holiday.
I am obsessed with horror movies, so it's nearly impossible for me to pick one. However, with Halloween coming up, I'd say the best one to get you and a group of friends in the mood is the brilliantly executed "Poltergeist." I first saw it when I was about eight years old, and it absolutely terrified me. When JoBeth Williams falls in the pool and dozens of rotting corpses bob up beside her, it scared me from swimming in any pool for about a year. Even in daylight! This idea that a perfectly normal suburban neighborhood can harbor a secret so dark and a haunting so immense really places you in the shoes of the terrorized family. You can imagine it happening to you no matter where you live.
What some people may not know about this film is that it was produced by Steven Spielberg, so a lot of the movie feels very light and sweet—like all the scares are in good fun—but it was also directed by Tobe Hooper, the man behind the original (and equally brilliant) "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which we all know is a horror movie that doesn't mess around. You can literally feel the tug of war between the glossy comfort of Spielberg and the no-holds-barred terror of Hooper when he rips the audience's safety net apart and fully takes hold of the movie in the last act.
Ultimately, the great thing about "Poltergeist" is it can be completely enjoyed by hardcore horror fans like me but is light enough in intensity for the faint of heart or the squeamish. But believe me, when your friends arrive to watch this movie with you, the words "They're Here..." will never sound the same again.
Are you a fan of "Poltergeist"? What's your favorite scary movie? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!