The 5 Best Halloween-themed Horror Movies

Maybe the most famous of these is Lets All Go to the Lobby , a 40-second advertisement that debuted in 1957. In 2000, the advertisement was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry due to its cultural and historical value. But for all their marketing ploys, movie theaters saw their popcorn sales steadily decrease into the 1960s. The culprit was a new technology, the television, which lessened the need to go out to the movies. The popcorn industry sags in the 50s as Americans begin to watch more and more television and go less and less to movie theaters, Smith says. Popcorn wasnt widely eaten in homes, mostly due to how difficult it was to make: consumers needed a popper, oil, butter, salt and other ingredients to replicate their favorite movie theater snack at home. To ease this burden, one commercial product, EZ Pop, marketed itself as an all inclusive popcorn makersimply move the container over a heat source, and the popcorn pops, completely flavored. After EZ Pop came Jiffy Pop , a famous at-home popcorn product that used the same all-in-one philosophy. By making popcorn an easy-to-make snack, commercial popcorn products were able to gain a foothold in the home. In the 1970s, microwave ovens become increasingly common in homes, creating another boom for popcorn: now, families can enjoy popcorn in minutes simply by pressing a button. As popcorn re-entered the home, traditional associations of popcorn and movies, or popcorn and entertainment, persisted. Nordmende, a German electronics company, even used popcorn to advertise its microwave, purporting it to be a sponsor of the midweek movie . Nowadays, the popcorn industry attaches itself to our home movie nights in a very direct way, through commercials that directly engage with popular films or movie theater styles of microwave popcorn that market themselves as a direct replica of the beloved theater snack. But the relationship between popcorn and the movies has changed more than the smell of a theater lobby or the at-home movie night: its changed the popcorn industry itself. Before the Great Depression, most popcorn sold was a white corn varietyyellow corn wasnt widely commercially grown, and cost twice as much as the white variety.

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When movies exceed expectations, they generate positive buzz that can increase returns. Last weekend, “Gravity” took in $55 million $10 million more than the most optimistic pre-release surveys indicated it would earn. Summer’s superhero film “Man of Steel,” horror flick “The Conjuring” and the thriller “Now You See Me” earned many millions more than the tracking predicted. “You can say, ‘The testing was great,'” said one respected studio marketer who, like other top executives interviewed for this story, declined to be identified for fear of jeopardizing his industry standing. “But you know in your heart you don’t believe in the testing anymore. And if you do, you’re fooling yourself.” Because of the sheer volume of movies being released 660 last year as well as seismic social media changes, tracking service executives say, pre-release audience awareness and anticipation have never been more difficult to gauge. This is especially true, experts say, for non-sequel films and films popular with minority moviegoers, who can be harder to survey because they are a statistically small and not reliably representative cross-sampling of respondents. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 “To the extent you’re trying to predict turnout, share and revenue, it’s a hard business to get right,” said Jon Penn, president of media and entertainment at Penn Schoen Berland, the firm that operates the tracking service Reel Pulse. Yet Penn defends Reel Pulse’s tracking surveys, pointing out its estimates are within 15% of the actual gross 75% of the time. Other major tracking services are OTX, MarketCast and National Research Group. Even with tracking’s accuracy increasingly doubted, it’s such a dominant part of the Hollywood conversation that none of its studio detractors interviewed for this article voiced willingness to give up the service. Studios receive tracking information over a three-week to two-month pre-release window.

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5. Satan’s Little Helper (2004) At the five-spot is a fun little horror outing directed by Jeff Lieberman, which tells the story of a young boy who, on Halloween night, is unknowingly assisting a serial killer commit a string of murders. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe…you’ll have a good time. 4. Sleepy Hollow (1999) Based, or loosely based, on the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ tells the tale of constable Ichabod Crane (played wonderfully by Johnny Depp) who is sent to the quiet town to investigate the decapitations of three people when he is ultimately confronted by the legendary Headless Horseman. Oh, yeah, and it’s directed by Tim Burton. See it. 3. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) At number three, ‘Dark Night of the Scarecrow’ is actually a deeply-disturbing-but-wonderfully-fantastic voyage into true terror. A mentally challenged man is wrongfully accused of murder and returns as a scarecrow to seek revenge; the scarecrow’s only ally/friend: a small girl. Creepy, eerie, all of those words that describe that same icky feeling. 2. Halloween (1978) Yes, I ranked the immortal classic ‘Halloween’ number 2. Don’t get me wrong; it is, in my mind, of the greatest films ever made, period.


I was way too young, she laughed.While I was watching it someone in my family in the pitch black when her head was spinning around, somebody reached down and grabbed my leg and yanked me up, and I dont think Ive recovered, she said. I was too young. It was too awful. Thats why I had to make this movie. Im still processing it. Judy Greer, who plays Carries sympathetic teacher, actively sought out Friday the 13th Part III and immediately regretted it. My parents forbid me to go see it and I snuck out anyway with my babysitter and then I had nightmares ever since, Greer said. They were right. Im sorry mom and dad! ChloeMoretz is another story. The 16-year-old actress who stars as the titular telekinetic teen cut her teeth starring in the horror genre in films such as 2005s update on The Amityville Horror and2010s Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish nail-biter Let the Right One In.I was never traumatized by a movie. I would get terrified and then I would get really excited, and I was like what is this feeling?!, said Moretz confidently. Moretzs handler looked skeptical. Blair Witch didnt freak you out? she said.