There are only 364 days left until next Halloween, so get prepared to face the real horrors of the world with these ten titles.
It's officially over. We're done for another year. No more witches and warlocks, no more ghosts and goblins, o more zombies, werewolves, vampires, axe murders, hockey masked psychos, chainsaw wielding cannibals, and other pop culture novelties. (Which reminds me that there'll be no Frozen costumes -- thank goodness.) Yes, another 31 October has come and gone, and with it, the desire for fright fans to indulge in all things menacing and macabre. For most, it's a one shot deal, a night out in costume, a chance to have a few relatively safe scares and, maybe, to pull a few pranks.
For others, it's a lifestyle, a 354-day-a-year struggle that only the last day in the tenth month can cure. All over social media and the blogsphere, those taken with terror post their Best and Worst Of lists. But once the bats have returned to the belfry, what then? How can someone celebrate the season of scares without having to go back to the Voorhees and the Myers, the Romeros and the Carpenters?
Well, it all depends on what you consider "horror" to be. Granted, a guy dressed up in a blank expression William Shatner mask wielding a butcher's knife is easily identifiable as fear, but what about not being able to pay the mortgage, or having $25 in the bank and several days before payday? What about the exceedingly nice next door neighbor who is actually cooking meth in his (or her) basement, or the kindly old gentleman who may or may not have sexual desires for your underage kids?
These are the real reasons to curl up in a fetal position, to lock your doors at night and wait for ISIS, or the Taliban, or some other media-manufactured bugaboo that won't really affect your everyday life, but will make you dread every day you know about it. So as a kind of post-Halloween hangover cure, here are ten terrific non-horror horror films to provide that "hair of the demon dog" experience you need right about now. And who knows, maybe next year, one or two will replace The Monster Squad in your regular viewing rotation.