With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to watch scary movies. John Edgar Browning, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, is an internationally recognized vampire and horror scholar who is also a film buff. Here are his picks for a fright fest:
The Exorcist - This movie was so visceral, so real. To any Christian nothing is more frightening than the devil, he said.
Jaws - Browning still can’t swim in the ocean because of this movie.
Pet Cemetery - Browning was 8 or 9 when he saw this movie and was horrified. The movie is “right in your face” scary.
Amityville II: Possession - This sequel is a prequel that stands on its own. It creates a powerful sense of evil.
The Conjuring - Another great possession movie filled with creepy, old-school scares.