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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best extraterrestrial movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about some extraterrestrial horrors.

In space, no one can hear you scream. But on Earth, aliens have been making film audiences hoarse for decades. Sure, there are plenty of friendly, E.T.-esque extraterrestrials—but more often than not, these beings from another planet seem intent on destroying mankind.

Aliens make such ideal villains in horror films because of their inherent unfamiliarity. When they attack, it’s often with superior and unknown forces that humans have no idea how to defend against. So while we continue to wait for concrete signs of alien life outside the fences of Area 51, filmmakers have made sure to warn us that what lies out there likely has little intention of coming in peace.

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about those movies that hit a little too close to home.

All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there’s beastliness roiling within everyone. But let’s get real: You don’t see news reports about werewolves, vampires, or zombies. You do see news reports about serial killers, sociopaths, and sadists. These are real people. They’re usually oddball outsiders. They’re sometimes handsome charmers. They might even be entertaining at a child’s party even as you read. These Big Bads walk among us—and you’ll most likely never be able to know who’s a threat until it’s too late. READ FULL STORY

EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best slasher flicks

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With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, zombie movies or demon films—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re taking on the slasher flick. 

Most slasher flicks boil down to the following ingredients: teenagers (usually described as “nubile”) a slow-moving, indestructible serial killer determined to kill said teenagers, death indirectly caused by promiscuity, and the chaste Final Girl, who outlives everyone else to confront the killer in the end.

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best zombie movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies.

Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? Can they be killed with blunt-force trauma to the head? Where will small group of survivors hide until the cavalry arrives? Add in a handful of disturbing images of zombies eating intestines, and you’ve got a classic undead story. READ FULL STORY

EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best demon movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re kicking things off with demons.

To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along…and suddenly demons aren’t so silly anymore.

A good demon-focused film will paint the beast as undoubtedly real, something a mere mortal can’t get rid of easily. Demons are inescapable and devastating, and — perhaps scariest of all—they’re mostly imperceptible. Often, someone who’s tangling with a demon doesn’t just share share space with them—they’re fighting for control of the same body. READ FULL STORY

Guillermo Del Toro, YouTube, Legendary to host Halloween film contest

Impress Guillermo Del Toro and one YouTuber might have a shot at a development deal with Legendary Entertainment.

Legendary and Del Toro are collaborating with YouTube in creating a short horror film contest in which YouTubers can make a film using sets provided by YouTube, with the ultimate prize of winning a development deal with Legendary. Variety was the first to report the news. READ FULL STORY

'Halloween': Jamie Lee Curtis would like you to have the greatest Michael Myers mask ever

There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night.

Though Curtis eventually became better known for movies like Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and True Lies, Halloween has always been in the shadows… lurking. She circled back in the late 1990s to revisit the franchise for two sequels, and in recent years, she’s embraced the nostalgia and the passion that surrounds the original film. Last year, she was blown away by the warm reception she encountered at a horror-film convention, and that experience led her to tap that community for her most recent philanthropic efforts with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Starting today and until Halloween, fans can visit Charitybuzz.com and bid on a special Michael Myers mask autographed by Curtis and virtually every living member of the cast and crew.

Curtis, who showcased some of her Halloween memorabilia — including the mask — during her last visit to The Tonight Show (see clip below), chatted with EW about what other movie memorabilia she might put up for auction, working on the Veronica Mars movie, and why she wasn’t cool with Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” Oscar song and dance number.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been very involved with Children’s Hospital for many years. How did this particular fundraiser come about?
JAMIE LEE CURTIS: I had this epiphany about a year ago after I realized that the people that love horror films love them with a fervor that I maybe don’t even understand. I realized that there’s a way to monetize my fame and to try to connect it to something that can raise money for charity — not for myself obviously. Just so you understand kind of where this all began, last November, I actually went to a horror film convention. I went to Indianapolis for a two-day horror film convention called HorrorHound. I brought a documentary film crew with me, because I said to [the organizers], I’m going to do this once — one time only. I wanted to make sure that if people were really going to cough up the kind of money that we were going to ask them for, that they realized that I was serious. That I am doing this totally for charity. And that I would be doing this once. It could not have been better. We raised over $150,000 in two days — cash. For charity. READ FULL STORY

Watch a clip from 'The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just in time for Halloween, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. And EW has an exclusive look at the behind-the-scenes extras that come with the special edition release — including the featurette, “The Birds: Hitchock’s Monster Movie,” which focuses on the influence of Hitchcock’s classic film on other horror movies.

Get a sneak peak of “Monster Movie” — with an appearance by John Carpenter — below!

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'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is no finer sight for a trick-or-treater (or accompanying parent) than the neighborhood haunted house. Lots of folks these days hang a puffy spider or stick a witch in a tree or spread that cottony web across a front door. But the real heroes of Halloween are those who transform their humble abodes into something epically terrifying. The new documentary The American Scream, which premieres on the Chiller Network on Oct. 28 and is now playing in theaters in select cities, chronicles the herculean efforts of three passionate home haunters living within a stone’s throw of one another in an idyllic New England neighborhood. Directed by Michael Stephenson, whose last effort was 2009’s terrifically amusing Best Worst Movie about the making of Troll 2, it won Best Documentary after premiering at Fantastic Fest last month in Austin, Texas.

Check out the exclusive trailer of The American Scream if you dare…. (If you dare root for guys who remind you of your salt-of-the-Earth fathers. If you dare succumb to all the nostalgia of the season. If you dare consider taking your own 4-year-old to her first haunted house this year and risk her complaining of nightmares and asking to sleep in the big bed just this one more night.) READ FULL STORY

'Saw': I can't stand to see it. Is that okay?

I mean it: I literally, physiologically cannot bear horror movies in which people are tortured. I get sick to my stomach. I feel like I’m going to faint. I have nightmares for days. My distaste has almost become a phobia. So I don’t watch them. I do all the assignment trading I can so I don’t have to review them. And I count us all lucky that Owen not only has a true appreciation of the genre, but also the deep knowledge of repertory with which to write smartly about what is, after all, a very popular kind of movie.

I admit this here, knowing that one response might be, “It’s your job. Deal with it.” But, see, I’ve been thinking about what makes an honest critic, not to mention a reliable one with whom readers can engage. And I’ve come to the conclusion that owning up to my, let’s call it, weakness is in the end more useful than pretending I can be businesslike about a movie experience that repels me.

Perhaps if it were any other sore spot, shared by professional critics and regular movie-goers alike–maybe a particular love or hatred of chick flicks or underdog sports stories, slow-moving Iranian tales about little kids or quick-talking British pics about colorful thugs — I’d be fine keeping my secret to myself. But my horror when it comes to Saw is too visceral.

And that’s why I’ve spilled my guts. Now you spill yours.

Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie

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