Fall flick countdown: Five classic thrillers and chillers


The Twilight Zone was a popular TV show from the early 60s. In addition to providing psychological thrills, The Twilight Zone also featured lots of social commentary

Watching horror and thriller movies is a great way to pass the time between now and Halloween. Below is a list of must-see classics. Do yourself a favor and watch a few.

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5. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

This one isn’t really a movie, so that’s why it’s ranked 5. (There was a movie but we won’t talk about that here). Rod Serling’s creation is as poignant and clever today as it was in 60s. A classic horror show full of social commentary and insights into the human condition.

Recommended episodes: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”


4. Donnie Darko (2001)

A cult classic. This mind-bending thriller is chock full of great stuff: theoretical physics, 80s synth pop and goth rock, a creepy bunny rabbit costume, literary references and a brief clip from Evil Dead. Watch the Director’s Cut and then go here for a surprisingly thorough explanation.

Donnie Darko is rated R for language, some drug use and violence.


3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Winner of one Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) and nominee for another (Best Adapted Screenplay). Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband (the one and only John Cassavetes) have a baby on the way and some supremely odd neighbors nosing around. Weirdness ensues. Scarier for what you don’t see than what you do.

Enjoy this eerie soundtrack clip from Krzysztof Komeda’s brilliant score.

Rosemary’s Baby is not MPAA rated.


2. Psycho (1960)

One of many Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces. A classic “thriller-with-a-twist.” Brilliantly written, superbly acted. Still scary. Another one that is great for all that you don’t see. This original long trailer is full of Hitchcock’s great sense of humor.

Psycho is not MPAA rated.


1. The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick took some pretty significant liberties with his source material (Stephen King’s novel of the same name). Nevertheless, the result is still the most frightening film experience I’ve ever had. King hated the adaptation. Personally though, I prefer to see a new work of art on screen instead of a word-for-word film version of a book. Strap in, this one’s not for the faint of heart.

This trailer gives a shout out to the book. Must have been before King saw the finished product.

The Shining is rated R.

Nick Skiles is arts & entertainment editor for Aviso AVW.

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