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Newly released Halloween movies satisfy horror fans


Halloween is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than to watch a horror movie, especially if the release of that movie happens to fall on Friday the 13th.

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This year, Universal Entertainment brought back the cult classic Cult of Chucky, and Twisted Pictures returned with Jigsaw, both following their famous horror story lines and franchises. This year has also brought some other new horror releases. Universal Entertainment released a new film called The Snowman, and Blumhouse Productions released Happy Death Day.

In Cult of Chucky, Chucky (Brad Dourif) returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica (Fiona Dourif). Meanwhile, the killer doll decides to settle some scores with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife. The Child’s Play Franchise has been out for 30 years and has become a household name and horror icon, so be prepared to expect the notorious slasher film to be gruesome with elements of humor.

Jigsaw is another successful installment in the Saw franchise and it returns with a new twist. John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, has been dead for over a decade, but bodies are turning up around the city—each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. Through investigation, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? Fans of this psychological classic can anticipate some reveals and twists the franchise is known for.

Viewers who don’t want to see sequels should watch The Snowman, which is a book adaptation that follows Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), who is investigating the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. This movie is a psychological thriller that follows the mind of a rampant serial killer, so there are sure to be a lot of unexpected events.

In Happy Death Day, a teenage girl trying to enjoy her birthday soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time until she ultimately solves her own murder. It has a Scream-meets-Groundhog Day kind of charm. This movie includes elements of humor—juggling the horror/comedy mash-up.

Because these movies were released on Friday the 13th, the expectation is for the films to be terrifying. As for classic movies, it is nice to return to the same antics audiences have grown to love but it is important to bring something new to the table, and Cult of Chucky and Jigsaw deliver in that aspect. The Snowman and Happy Death Day are not like any horror movie seen before and hopefully will be perplexing and grotesque.

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