New horror releases are sure to make your skin crawls

Chandal Geerdes/Staff Writer

Americans definitely love their classic Halloween movies. Freddy vs. Jason and Nightmare on Elm Street are just some of the titles who have left their mark. With Halloween approaching, new horror movies will have the chance to do the same.

The first of these new releases was The Devil. After being trapped in an elevator, a group of young adults comes to the conclusion that the devil is amongst them. Following mixed reviews, this movie seems to have its highs and lows. With M. Night Shyamalan’s (The Sixth Sense, Signs) creative signature, this supernatural thriller may be one to please.

“I enjoyed the background. The least place you think it would be would be in an elevator,” sophomore David Zagor said. “What makes a horror movie good is the plot, setting and a twist.”

Oct. 1 held the release date of Case 39 and Let Me In. Case 39 follows a young girl, played by Lilith Sullivan, who is being taunted by dark forces. Renee Zellweger, a social worker, puts up a fight to save her from her abusive parents while discovering the dark forces are adding yet another pressure. Directed by Christian Alvart and written by Ray Wright, Case 39 has received a slightly low review. A score of 2.9 on a scale of 10 was given by Case 39 is rated ‘R’.

Despite the low rating of Case 39, some students are looking forward to watching it. “I’m hooked on seeing Case 39,” junior Shantrice Redd said. “I really don’t have a favorite horror movie. I like any as long as it keeps my attention.”

After receiving an 8.5 on the same scale and being rated R, Let Me In captures the essence of a young, 12-year-old boy who is bullied in school. Played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, the
young, bullied boy Oskar finds comfort in the “new girl.” Oskar gets quite the surprise after acknowledging some interesting information about Eli (Chloe Moretz) and her father.

My Soul to Take is one to continue this 3D trend. Released on Oct. 8, this movie was written and directed by Wes Craven, writer and director of quite a few classic horror movies. It also stars Max Thieriot, who played major roles in The Pacifier and Jumper. In My Soul to Take, Thieriot’s character Bug has been haunted by his insane father since he was a baby. His father has returned to their hometown to kill the seven children who were born on the night he allegedly was killed. This movie is also rated R.

The Saw series is back again as well. With a seventh Saw coming to theaters this Friday, Oct. 29, Jigsaw is up to his taunting, gruesome antics once again. Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are not only making Saw VII the “final chapter” of the series, but capturing their audience with a 3D twist. Like previous Saw movies, this one is once again rated R.
“Horror movies in 3D would be way better. You can get better involved and put you on edge feeling like your there,” Redd said.

And then, of course, there is “the most anticipated horror event of the year,” according to Steve Barton from DREADCENTRAL. Paranormal Activity 2 creates a feeling of constant panic for its audience. There was not a dull moment for members of the audience on Oct. 22 when it was released. Just as horrifying as the first, Paranormal Activity 2 follows the life of Katie’s (the main character of Paranormal Activity) sister, Christine, who has just had her first born son. Christine, her husband, her step-daughter and her new born son Hunter face nosies at night, rude awakenings and a freak break-in that causes the small family to set up multiple security cameras. These cameras actually capture a lot more than expected.

No matter the time of day in this film, it will always have viewers on the edges of their seats, with their hearts racing from beginning to end. This horror film, although rated R, is a must-see for everyone.

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