It’s spooky season, and what better way to get in the Halloween spirit then watching a classic horror movie?
Bundle up and get ready to scream – here is a list of some of the most terrifying movies of all time!
1.) The Shining (1980)
“HERE’S JOHNNY”! Jack Nicholson losing his bonkers in the 1980’s classic The Shining is the epitome of terror. For anyone who hasn’t watched yet, this psychological horror film is an absolute MUST see.
2.) Get Out (2007)
Writer and Director Jordan Peele did an absolutely fantastic job creating this epic film. The perfect combination of horror, symbolism, and comedic relief – Get Out is one of the smartest “scary” movies ever made.
3.) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A film that truly broke boundaries, The Blair Witch Project is a horror classic. Film makers convinced audiences that the story/footage was all “real” and that the characters in the movie actually went missing in real life. Press was involved and articles were released, which made viewers shake to their core. Eventually, we learned the story was fictional #thankGAWD!
4.) Alien (1979)
If being up in space fighting against a massive alien trying to eat you isn’t absolutely terrifying then I don’t know what scares you.
5.) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1980)
Now there’s a face you’ll never forget! A timeless slasher film made by Wes Craven, this one is extra frightening (especially if you’re a teenager…Freddy Krueger only haunts teens).
A family grieving after the loss of a loved one, things start to unravel quickly in Hereditary. Blood curling secrets begin to unfold that will make viewers shake in their seat.
7.) The Strangers (2008)
A home invasion by masked killers? Yes.. that is absolutely HORRIFYING. The Strangers is one of the scariest movies out there, especially if you’re a couple planning to spend a weekend in the woods.
Throwback Songs We’ve Been Listening to On Repeat
Music is a necessary requirement for just about everything we do…at the gym? We love to blast some 80s pop to get our heart pumpin’! Cooking dinner? We’re transported back in time with some Frank Sinatra. Driving to the beach? Windows are down and country music flows from our speakers.
We all know that sometimes the songs on the radio that seemingly play on a never ending loop get boring (and annoying) very quick. Sorry (not sorry), but we can only listen to “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd so many times in the grocery store before we need to skedaddle.
That’s why we love curating playlists of some of our favorite throwback jams from back in the day. Playlists are like the modern-day mixtape…here are some of our favorite throwback songs that you’ll need to add to your lineup!
1.) “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran
Hailing from the United Kingdom, this British band is behind hits like “Rio,” and of course, “Hungry Like the Wolf.” This song was released in 1982 and appeared on the Rio album. You may have even seen the music video on MTV. If you haven’t it’s a must-watch, as it was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka.
2.) “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
This song by Billy Idol is full of energy and good vibes. Dare we say the perfect living room dance party anthem? Legend has it that the inspiration for this song comes from the English punk band Generation X’s tour of Japan in the late 70s. During this trip the members/frontman Billy Idol himself were captured by Japanese girls at the discotheque dancing with their reflections in the mirrors.
3.) “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a song by musical legend George Michael, who sadly passed in 2016. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was released by Wham! a duo comprised of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in their 1984 album, Make it Big. In 1984, Michael said of the song, “I just wanted to make a really energetic pop record that had all the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with our attitude and our approach.” Safe to say the song was a hit, as it was nominated for several awards including Best Pop Performance by a Duo.
4.) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper is one of the greats! Lauper released the upbeat pop hit on her 1983, She’s So Unusual album, and it even had appearances in iconic movies like the one with the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and even “Clueless” in 1995.
5.) “Whoomp There It Is!” by Tag Team
Something about this 90’s hip-hop hit just makes us just want to dance on top of a table. It can’t be just us right? This song was released by the duo Tag Team in the summer of 1993 and is so. freaking. groovy! Since the release of this iconic song, it’s been used in the classic Christmas movie, Elf. Tag Team has even made appearances in commercials for Geico in recent years. The more you know!
6.) “Believe” by Cher
Would you believe us if we told you that “Believe” by Cher comes from her TWENTY-SECOND studio album, released in 1998?! For us, this fact is mindblowing. This chart-topping dance hit earned Cher the Guinness World Record for oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Impressive, right? Nowadays, Cher remains a pop music sensation and even is a proud activist for the LGBTQ+ community.
7.) “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
“Kiss Me” was released in 1997 by the American band Sixpence None the Richer. The ballad was an immediate hit, and topped charts worldwide. The song was even covered by contemporary artists like Avril Lavigne and was the theme song of Miramax’s movie, She’s All That. Another fun fact…according to Taylor Swift, the song was the first that she ever learned to play on the guitar!
8.) “Oops! I Did It Again” by Britney Spears
Anyone else watch the New York Times’ feature, “Framing Britney” show on Hulu last month? The documentary on the life of Britney Spears had us in our early 2000s feels, so naturally we’ve been listening to a lot of Britney as of late. Our favorite? “Oops! I Did It Again,” which was released by the pop music starlet in 2004, at just 19 years old.
9.) “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC
Another essential part of the 90s was the boyband craze. One of our favorites was *NSYNC, which was comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. They made their US debut with “I Want You Back,” but one of our favorites is “Bye Bye Bye” which was released in 2000, on their third album, No Strings Attached.
What’s your favorite throwback song?!
Throwback Movies You Should Rewatch ASAP
With most of us staying home more, it’s likely that you’ve got more time on your hands throughout the day or at night. And let’s be real, most of us spend more time scrolling through social media than we would like to admit, and who likes watching the news anymore? Depressing. Though Netflix series are great and we love a good Nicholas Sparks romance movie from time to time, it’s always fun to dust off our old movie collection and watch some of our favorite throwback movies.
Here are some of our favorite movies from decades past!
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Safe to say, for many of us, our shoe obsession began with the Ruby Red Slippers from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. This film is an American musical classic that is adored by young and old. Starring a young Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, the movie tells the tale of a young girl living on a farm in Kansas. When a tornado sweeps over the farm, Dorothy’s home is transported to the land of Oz. With the help of her companions, Toto, the scarecrow, lion and tin-man, Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road and ask the legendary Wizard of Oz to grant her wish of going back home to her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in Kansas.
A skinny dipping adventure becomes deadly for a woman vacationing in the New England town of Amity Island. To be sure there aren’t further shark related fatalities, Amity Island’s police chief, Martin Brody thinks it would be best to close the coastal towns beaches, however, the town’s mayor, Larry Vaughn fears that loss of tourist revenue will be detrimental to the community. Chief Brody teams up with marine biologist Matt Hooper and Captain Hooper to catch the killer shark once and for all in this epic Spielberg classic.
A Star is Born (1976)
Before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper starred in their own rendition of the classic film, Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in the original musical film. Streisand plays Ester Hoffman, a singer who is recognized at a club by troubled rockstar John Norman Howard. The duo falls in love, but soon, Esther’s fame overshadows John’s, resulting in a tragic downward spiral.
Tell me about it, stud! This musical classic has been an American icon since the seventies. Sandy Olson and Danny Zukko have a summer fling while on vacation, and the two part ways. Flash forward to the first day of classes at Rydell High, and Sandy (now an exchange student in the states) finds herself reunited with Danny, but will they be able to relive the glory of their romantic summer nights?
Annie is an orphan who’s rags literally turn to riches when she is taken under the wing of Oliver Warbucks, a wealthy socialite. Annie believes her birth parents left her at the orphanage on accident, and Mr. Warbucks promises to campaign to find them, offering a large reward. This attracts many wannabes, but in the end, Annie finds her forever family where she least expects it.
The Outsiders (1983)
You’re lying to yourself if you didn’t have a crush on all of these boys when you were younger. This 1983 film tells the tale of two cities…kinda. The “Greasers” and “Socials” are constantly at odds, and when a brawl results in the death of one of the “Socs,” Ponyboy and Johnnie go into hiding. Eventually fellow Greaser Dallas joins them, and the boys must fight the Socs once and for all.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
This classic coming of age movie holds a special place in our hearts. Five students from different social circles all have detention, under the supervision of their egomaniac principal. Throughout the day spent together, they learn each-other’s life stories, struggles and create lasting friendships, despite coming from different cliques.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Bueller…Bueller…Ferris Bueller has an impressive history of cutting class and will go to dramatic measures to stay home from school. Graduation is near, and Ferris has every intention of creating the most epic skip day of all time. However, his principal will do anything to catch Ferris red-handed!
The Bodyguard (1992)
Whitney Houston made her acting debut in this classic 1992 film. The romantic thriller follows R&B star Rachel Marron, who has been tormented by an obsessed stalker. Her manager hires Frank, a former secret service agent to serve as her personal bodyguard. Initally the two are at odds, Frank and Rachel quickly become very close.
Cher is a Beverly Hills teen that seems to have it all. She’s gorgeous, well dressed, and has a loaded wallet. Tai is the new girl in town, and Cher fixes her up to fit in in their high school, but Tai quickly becomes more popular than Cher, and she realizes that her priorities were never where they should have been, while also falling for her ex-stepbrother.
What’s your favorite throwback film?
Cancel Culture Coming After Chris Harrison
In the *most dramatic scandal yet*, Bachelor Nation’s very own Chris Harrison is taking a break from hosting ABC’s popular dating show, amidst a recent scandal.
So, where does this story begin?
Let’s rewind to the year 2018. Ahh, the good old days. In 2018, Rachael Kirkconnell was an undergraduate student at Georgia College and State University. She was pictured at an Antebellum plantation-themed fraternity party, hosted by Kappa Alpha, who has a track record of being pro-Confederacy, and allegedly recognizes General Robert E. Lee as a “spiritual leader.”
Now, allow us to fast forward to the present day. Rachael Kirkconnell is a contestant on this season of The Bachelor, and is one of four remaining women fighting to win the heart of Matt James.
Kirkconnell’s character has been questioned throughout her time on the show, and not just due to the aforementioned incident. Kirkconnell has also been pictured wearing traditional Native American headgear.
But wait…there’s more!
Former classmates of Kirkconnell have even taken to TikTok to open up about bullying experiences. According to one of her ex-peers, she was bullied by Kirkconnell in high school for liking black guys. Not a good look for the now 24-year old who is pursuing a future with James, the first-ever African American Bachelor in the show’s history.
Here’s where Chris Harrison comes in…
Last week, the show’s beloved host, Chris Harrison appeared on a segment of Extra, hosted by last season’s Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. In the segment, the two talked about Kirkconnell’s controversial past. Fans are accusing Harrison of defending the contestant’s past and denouncing cancel culture.
In the interview, Lindsay said, “The picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party. That’s not a good look.”
Harrison responded by asking Lindsay whether or not it was a “good look in 2018” or “not a good look in 2021?” Lindsay quickly shot his remarks down by concluding, “It’s not a good look ever.”
Harrison fired back by saying, “You’re 100% right in 2021. That was not the case in 2018. And again, I’m not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it. I didn’t go to it.”
Since the original statements, Harrison has taken to social media to apologize. In an Instagram post, he said, “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were to simply ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of…”
In a subsequent post, he further apologized and condemned his actions. He announced that he had spoken with Warner Bros. and ABC, and ultimately decided to step aside from the series “for a period of time.” Harrison will not partake in the After the Final Rose special. In the meantime, he vowed to take the time to educate himself and become a better man.
It’s not clear if or when Harrison will ever return to the Bachelor Nation franchise, but our hope is that he turns this into a lesson learned.