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Best Horror Movies on Beloit Cinema

Sometimes it can be tough to find the right scary movie to watch. DVD players are becoming a rarity, and the selection on streaming services can be pretty sparse. But luckily, there’s Beloit Cinema. Beloit Cinema is a powerful campus resource, giving students access to a catalog of almost 300 movies from their web browser. That being said, with that many choices, it can be difficult to figure out what to watch. Here are our recommendations for the 5 best Horror movies on Beloit Cinema.

5. The Final Girls

The Final Girls is a movie about movies. It follows a group of friends that are sucked into an 80’s slasher film and have to use their knowledge of the genre to survive. The Final Girls succeeds by being deeply aware of its own influences and by using classic slasher tropes in ways that are both subversive and respectful to the source material. On top of that, the movie has a surprising amount of heart, leaving a lot more of an impact than you’d expect from a meta slasher movie. While not all that scary, The Final Girls is the perfect movie for laid back spooky viewing. 

4. Trick ‘r Treat

Trick ‘r Treat is a surprisingly good Halloween-themed horror movie. The film follows 5 seemingly unconnected stories, each of which can be equal parts funny, suspenseful, and terrifying. From a middle school principal with a night job as a serial killer to a haunting little trick or treater, you never really know where the story is going to go. All of these subplots are balanced masterfully with all of them coming together for a film where the whole is a lot scarier than the sum of its parts. 

3. The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 is the thrilling follow up to 2013’s runaway hit The Conjuring. After its predecessor’s success, the second film had a lot riding on it. It was tasked not only with being a satisfying sequel but also with teasing future spinoff films, such as the pending Annabelle sequel and The Nun. Luckily, and somewhat miraculously, The Conjuring 2 successfully juggles all of these things, coming away as both an excellent standalone horror movie, as well arguably the best Conjuring film. In a largely self-contained plot, we see supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren heading to London to help a family haunted by a spirit. The film’s atmosphere is genuinely creepy and there are a few scares that are likely to get even experience horror viewers. This movie is perfect if you aren’t planning on sleeping for the next few nights.

2. Jaws

Jaws is a classic. Aside from being so popular on release that it created the term ‘blockbuster’ and becoming a cultural touchstone, Jaws is also just fun to watch. The movie’s excellent pacing and feeling of suspense are maintained throughout, keeping you on the edge of your seat with every beat of the titular shark’s theme. Jaws is best enjoyed as close as you can get to it’s blockbuster origins: with some friends, popcorn, and the biggest TV you can find.

1. The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods is as close as I’ve seen to a perfect horror movie. Aside from being independently entertaining, with an excellent cast, it lays out the blueprint for every slasher film in a way that feels natural and earned. The film manages to be creepy as well as consistently funny. The last act, in particular, is something really special with something new and exciting in almost every frame. The Cabin in the Woods is the perfect movie to put on if you find yourself with a little extra time this weekend. However, I’d recommend going into the movie knowing as little as possible, as it makes the viewing experience a lot more exciting.

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