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Don't let these scary Halloween movies inside your house ... or else!




Still from the 2014 film, the Babadook.
Still from the 2014 film, the Babadook.

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Every Halloween, people want to watch scary movies, but sometimes get tired of the same old films. Take Two contributor and movie historian Mark Jordan Legan shares some other scary movie suggestions you may not have heard of.

We start with 1987's "Dead of Winter,"  a creepy thriller with a lead performance from Mary Steenburgen, who plays a struggling New York actress who answers a casting notice for a feature film.

Mark says the film is really frightening and disturbing as the stye main character discovers the sinister plot! Stay tuned for more ... or not.

Next is a remake of a lesser-known 1973 George Romero film, "The Crazies." This 2010 version really packs a punch. From the opening scene where a local farmer shows up at a Little League game with a shotgun, something is turning the law abiding citizens of this small Iowa town into homicidal maniacs. Timothy Olyphant (of "Justified" fame) plays the sheriff who discovers that a crashed military plane full of biological weapon is affecting the local water supply.

The next film is 1999's "Stir of Echoes." Although the film was hurt by being released three months after the mega-hit "The Sixth Sense," it received rave reviews.

It stars Kevin Bacon as just an average working class Joe with a wife and a kid. One night at a party, he finds out his sister-in-law is training to be a hypno-therapist and, for a laugh, begs her to try it on him. But it unlocks something deep inside of him and he starts having horrible visions.  

And finally we close with a favorite of Mark's - Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent's feature film debut, "The Babadook." A young widow who lost her husband in a tragic accident is trying to deal with her troubled son, who sees monsters in every shadow and boogey men in every closet. This isn't helped by a creepy pop-up book, called "Mister Babadook," that gives the boy nightmares.

Mark says that even though this movie is scary, it's not so much horror as it is a psychological thriller that will stay with you for days. 

Mark Jordan Legan is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. If you'd like to see more movie reviews by Mark, be sure to click this link