There are few horror tropes quite as prevalent as the cat scare, but with such an abundance of fearsome felines, the question remains what is the greatest horror movie cat scare? In no particular order here are some worthwhile contenders for the number one spot.

Creepshow 2 Review

Stephen King and George Romero teamed up in 1982 for Creepshow, an ode to the Tales From the Crypt comics they loved as children and a heavy influence on the career of each man. This pairing resulted in one of the most highly regarded horror anthologies ever made. The boys were back five years later, but the resulting film is a pale comparison to its predecessor in every way.

In the days leading up to Halloween, the BGH staff will be offering up their must-watch selections for the spookiest month of the year. Have some of your own? Tweet us with the hashtag #bghwatchlist

In many ways Creepshow is an oddity. It’s the rare collaboration between giants in the genre that works in an uncomplicated and seamless fashion. It’s an anthology with no low point. It is a 2 hour film that moves effortlessly to a satisfying conclusion. It even has a chilling and meaningful wrap around story that hammers in the theme without ever feeling forced. It’s an homage film; a film made in 1982 to E.C. comics and it does so without an ounce of awkwardness. Even today, while watching it, it’s impossible to ignore its magnificence.

Guys and gals, Bryan Bertino needs a hug. Between The Strangers, Mockingbird and his latest, The Monster, the director is practically begging us to seek him out, pat him on the back and assure him that everything is going to be okay. The bright side being that he's 3 for 3 in delivering effective and emotionally charged genre efforts.  

Episode three of the second season of Starz' Ash vs Evil Dead is dollars to Deadites every bit as good, if not better, than the first. After the second episode ends with a ragtag bunch of hooligans absconding with Ash’s beloved car, “Last Call” opens with a mournful montage.

The tortured artist at work in They

Wes Craven Presents: They wants to be a lot of things all at once. It wants to be a monster movie about ghoulish creatures lurking in the shadows. It also wants to be a twist-heavy psychological thriller in the vein of so many of its early-to-mid 00s era genre contemporaries. They, as the full title implies, would also love to be a Wes Craven movie, even though the horror maestro infamously had zero involvement in the film. Zero involvement outside of cashing the checks the studio sent him for the privilege of using his name to sell their movie, that is.

Stories of demonic possession are a dime a dozen within the horror genre, people (usually women) speaking in strange languages (usually Latin), surrounded by men wearing cassocks and waving crucifixes, or well-meaning paranormal investigators reading from Bibles. Stories of exorcism and possession are almost always told through a Roman Catholic lens, whether they are overtly religious in nature or not.

In every hero’s journey there must be a point where the hero returns home, to the place it all began; this is that story.

Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow

Few films capture the essence of the month of October better than 1999’s Sleepy Hollow. This should come as no surprise given the forces bringing it to life. The film is based on Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a tale which itself is responsible for one of Halloween’s most quintessential images – a lone, headless specter on horseback. Then there’s the film’s director, Tim Burton, a man whose general aesthetics couldn’t be better suited for spooky season.