Although some horror classics (The Exorcist
, hello?) have not yet arrived on Blu-ray, there are still plenty of films to scream about this Halloween. Here are the tastiest 15 high-def horror treats currently available.
: John Carpenter’s original with Jamie Lee Curtis as the object of Michael Myers’s obsession remains one of the scariest movies of all time and, aside from the dated clothes, looks like it was made yesterday on BD.
2. Dawn of the Dead:
Both George A. Romero’s 1978 original and the 2004 remake are on BD. Both have serious bite.
: They’re ba-ack on Blu-ray, and look more frightening than ever.
4. The Shining
: Jack Nicholson gives the most terrifying performance of his career as a man who loses his hold on reality and tries to kill his family with an ax at the remote Overlook hotel. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel wasn’t even available in a widescreen version until this superb BD release.
5. The Thing
: John Carpenter’s creepy remake starring Kurt Russell remains the final word in polar horror.
6. The Descent
: This all-female spelunking thriller is claustrophobic and nerve-wracking even before the underground carnivorous creatures show up.
: Pinhead wants to tear your soul apart, and this Blu-ray shows you all the gory details.
8. Drag Me to Hell
: Sam Raimi’s triumphant return to horror involves a pretty mortgage loan officer who tries to shake a deadly curse from a shamed gypsy woman. Warning: do not watch with your cat.
: If you are in the mood to watch a beautiful woman like Catherine Deneuve slowly go nuts in her apartment as her delusions and paranoia mount, look no further than this Roman Polanski masterpiece.
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Tobe Hooper’s 1973 original about a family of cannibals preying on tourists is about as scary as it gets. The 2003 remake with Jessica Biel is a decent, albeit slicker, update that is also available on Blu-ray.
11. The Fly:
If you’re game to watch Jeff Goldblum’s gooey, squelchy transformation into a giant insect then you’ll want to see David Cronenberg’s classic in all its high-def glory.
12. Evil Dead II:
Bruce Campbell’s Ash became one of the genre’s most iconic heroes in Sam Raimi’s over-the-top horror comedy. Groovy!
Francis Ford Coppola’s gorgeously filmed 1992 interpretation of the vampire legend is equal parts tragic romance and Gothic horror.
14. The Omen Collection
: The Antichrist is coming, and not even Gregory Peck can stop little Damien from his rise to power and sequels galore. All three original films plus the unnecessary 2006 update are in this handsome collection.
: The sixth and best entry since the first Saw
is currently in theaters struggling for a cut of the box office, but the original remains a brutal and relentless modern horror classic. Jigsaw’s first five tortuous chapters are all on Blu-ray.
A Few Extras Screams: The Devil’s Rejects, Deliverance, Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine 3D, The Orphanage, Silent Hill, Sleepy Hollow, The Strangers, Sweeney Todd, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Interview With the Vampire, Last House on the Left
and Let the Right One In.