One of the best things to do when you are stuck inside on a rainy day is to break out some movies to watch. When the weather turns dark and stormy one of my favorite things is to watch some spooky, horror movies. Nighttime, daytime, Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, bad weather is the perfect atmosphere to enhance your horror movie marathon. I have profiled some new horror movies and some older one’s that still scare. If you are not able to find some of the older ones from Redbox try Netflix, they are worth looking for. So get your popcorn, turn off the lights, here are ten movies to make your rainy day a memorable one.
The Shining – 1980
This masterpiece directed by Stanley Kubrick stars Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall and Scatman Crothers. It is a eerie tale of Jack Nicholson who is a writer who accepts a job at a large hotel during the off season. Soon they realize there is something creepy and wrong about this hotel. I chose this for my rainy day list not only for the chilling story, but the setting and isolation of the hotel adds to the sinister feeling of the movie.
The Thing – 1982
I chose this remake of a 1950’s classic directed by one of the masters of horror John Carpenter, because I feel it surpasses the original. Set in desolate Antarctica scientist are being taken over by alien parasites, for the 1980’s the special effects are amazing and still scary now. Starring Kurt Russell, Richard Masur and Wilford Brimley, this movie did not break any box office records but has quite a cult following and rightly so.
Halloween – 1978
There are so many reasons this made my top 10 list for stormy day movies. This simply put is one of the best horror movies of all times. Also directed by John Carpenter and made on a shoestring budget, starring a relatively unknown Jamie Lee Curtis it is a tense, chilling ride. It follows Curtis the sister of Michael Myers, who recently escaped from a mental institution as he returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to continue his murdering spree. Also starring Donald Pleasance this horror movie makes you believe in the boogeyman. It is masterfully shot, and the mood is intensified by John Carpenter’s Haunting score.
Salem’s Lot – 1979
This movie does show some dating, since it if from the 1970’s. I was only nine when I saw this movie and I have it on my list for rainy day picks because there are images from this movie that still haunt me today! This movie stars David Soul of “Starsky & Hutch” fame and Bonnie Bedelia, known for playing Bruce Willis’ wife in the “Die Hard” movies. Directed by Tobe Hooper this movie is about Soul’s character, a writer who returns to his hometown to write a new book. It isn’t long before he is disturbed by the behavior of the people in town, and soon realizes he is dealing with vampires. Some jaded younger audiences might not appreciate this adaptation from Stephen King’s book, there are plenty of scares and it will have you locking your windows. Once you see it you will know what scene I am referring to.
The Crazies – 2010
This movie does not release on DVD until the end of June, I highly suggested renting if you are a horror movie fan. A perfect choice for a stormy night, this movie is a mixture of a good story, unexpected ending, plenty of scares and tension. Starring Timothy Olyphant from FX’s new hit drama “Justified”, Radha Mitchell seen in “Pitch Black” and “Silent Hill”. A biological toxin is released in a small town, and very quickly the residents either become ill or deranged. I highly recommend this suspenseful, well made remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 classic.
Scream – 1996
The next movie is on my top 10 rainy day horror movie list because after quite a few years of the same old rehashed horror movies this one was original. It was a breath of fresh air, it helped revive the ailing horror genre. Directed by Wes Craven’s, Kevin Williamson’s unpredictable, quick witted script seamlessly blends dark humor and lots of scares. With a cast of many well known stars including: Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore and Skeet Ulrich. The story of a killer loose in town that is targeting people Neve Campbell’s character knows. This smart, unique movie is fun to watch more than once.
Halloween H20 – 1998
The only of the Halloween movies other than the original I will watch and suggest to others is this 20 year anniversary one. After a few lackluster sequels this one marks the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Lauri Strode to the franchise 20 years later. She is now in hiding from her brother Michael Meyers, running a private school in California where her son attends. Perfectly told suspenseful from the start, the return of Michael on a dark rainy night sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Also starring Josh Hartnett, L.L. Cool J, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordan-Levitt and Jamie Lee Curtis’ real life mother Janet Leigh, best known for her role in Psycho. A worthy movie to the original, so on a stormy night this is a good one for a good scare.
The Fog – 1980
Director John Carpenter off his tremendous success of Halloween picked this tension filled movie. Such a well written and acted story I am putting this on my top 10 list even with some distracting dated clothing. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh and John Houseman. The story is set on the coast of Northern California, the former site of a leper colony. Soon the chilling fog starts to roll in and brings death with it. The setting, the scenery, the whole movie is eerie and watching on a stormy night will help enhance the tension, and almost claustrophobic quality of the movie.
Psycho – 1960
The oldest movie on my top 10 best scary movies list is a brilliant masterpiece directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. This movie is ranked #22 on IMDB list of the best 250 movies and it deserves it. Starring a very young Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. The story of a real estate clerk played by Janet Leigh, who is on the run with stolen money and has the unfortunate luck of stopping at the Bates Motel on a rainy night. Way ahead of it’s time this brilliant movie will scare you with anticipation and tension not a slash fest. Truly one of a kind, the attention to detail, nothing is left out or overlooked, do not miss this one.
Shaun of the Dead – 2004
Down to the last on my picks to watch on a rainy night is one of my favorites. Not a stereotypical horror movie, this is a mix of comedy and horror and it is done just right. I have watched it many times and have spotted many brilliant things and jokes I missed on first viewing. The chemistry and wit between the stars played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is wonderful. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a slacker with no true sense of direction, he is forced to become decisive when zombies start taking over London. Even if you are not usually a fan of horror, or British humor I know you will find something in this movie to make your night enjoyable.