Billy’s top five Halloween flick picks…

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Billy Drown

1. The Grudge

God bless Sam Raimi for helping bring us an American version of Ju-On: The Grudge.

Sure the story may be a bit wonky, but seeing that damn Japanese woman’s face is worth the price of admission.

I just wish I would stop seeing it when I’m trying to sleep.

2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George Romero’s little film is hailed as one of the greatest horror movies of all time – hell it’s even one of the greatest movies of all time. It defined what a horror movie should be. The tension errily mounts as the stumbling dead slowly walk to the cabin and it becomes almost unbearable.

Unfortunately the only tension I experience when I see slow-moving zombies is from my belly-laughs, because I am reminded of my drunken uncle.

3. Jaws

I used to like swimming. I used to like tubing. I used to like a lot of things to do with big bodies of water.

Damn Spielberg for making me afraid to take a dip in a lake, or even my bathtub.

4. Ernest Scared Stupid Go ahead and laugh, but that damn troll scared the poo out of me when I was a little kid. It didn’t help matters that I had a tree in the woods behind my house that looked like the one in the movie.

Maybe one of these days I can walk by that tree without glancing over at it every three steps.

5. Castle Freak

Starring Jeffrey Combs, the poor man’s Bruce Campbell, Castle Freak was a straight-to-video movie that actually had scares in it.

Sure, Combs overacts (like he usually does) but the actor who portrays the freak haunting the castle brings a frighteningly real presence.

#1.885769:3752262138.jpg:nightZombies.jpg:Zombies from the 1968 original Night of the Living Dead, directed by George Romero.: