It’s hard to believe it’s already been a full decade since Saw first worked its way into our twisted little hearts in all of its blood-filled, gory glory. Lionsgate will celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary with a theatrical re-release on Friday, October 31, with some theaters choosing to start the screening the night of the 30th, making for the perfect treat this Halloween season. Saw, the brain child of Leigh Whannell and James Wan, has come a long way from its struggling roots to the eight-movie franchise it is today. Rejected by multiple producers in Australia, where the film’s creators hail from, the original screenplay for the cult movie was finally picked up by producers from Evolution Entertainment after seeing a low-budget short film created by Whannell and Wan based on the same idea. The film was shot over only 18 days and the rest is history, the Jigsaw Killer having earned a spot in movie villain infamy. The re-release will run for one week only, so make sure to snag your tickets now in order to relive every grisly second in a theater near you. In the mean time, check out five other classic horror movies we’d like to see make a return to the big screen!
You can’t even start to think about classic horror films without The Shining immediately coming to mind. Despite first hitting theaters over 30 years ago, the cult classic based on one of Stephen King’s most well-known novels remains as popular as ever and is consistently referenced in pop culture. It’s one thing to watch it during the daytime on your couch, but another entirely to see all its creepiness on a giant screen in a dark theater. With scare after scare and Jack Nicholson’s stellar performance of an author driven crazy, The Shining will leave you feeling completely unsettled.
The Blair Witch Project
Before there was Paranormal Activity, there was The Blair Witch Project, the “found footage” of three young documenters as they chase down the legendary Blair Witch. One of the most successful independent films of all time, BWP proved that you don’t need to spend millions on special effects and gross out makeup to create something truly horrifying. A re-release of the shakily-filmed antics of the witch in the woods would definitely fill theater seats.
It’s no secret that Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, but he proved his horror chops with the critically acclaimed Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh as the infamous Norman Bates and his victim Marion Crane. People have become obsessed with the classic and multiple spins offs and remakes have been produced, with few coming close to holding a candle to the original. The genius that is the shower scene can only be truly appreciated on the big screen.
One of the greatest devil movies of all time, Rosemary’s Baby is enough to leave you with chills for days. The audience can do nothing but look on in horror as Rosemary is manipulated by the giant cult that surrounds and ultimately becomes the carrier for the devil’s baby. You can guarantee the theater will be quiet enough to hear a pin drop in the last pivotal minutes of the film. Yeah, the Zoe Saldana remake was pretty good, but there will never be another Rosemary quite like Mia Farrow.
The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins delivered an Oscar-winning performance as the brilliant serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs. A truly disturbing masterpiece, the 1991 film revolves around one villain aiding in finding another, making the audience feel the sickest confusion in whether to detest or admire the cannibalistic Lecter. A return to theaters would surely guarantee a swarm of scary movie lovers to cower in their seats, as if they were Clarice and in danger of standing too close to the glass.
Anyone craving a scary movie? We know we are, tis the season! Make sure to catch Saw when it returns to theaters on October 31 and enjoy the rest (if you dare) for now on the small screen!