10 Scary Movies for Halloween, According to Filter's Richard Patrick

Richard Patrick of Filter publicity P 2013

Richard Patrick knows a thing or two about scary movies. As the founder and frontman of the industrial rock band Filter, Patrick’s music has appeared on the soundtracks to several scary films, including Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Spawn, The Stepfather, 2012 and two X Files collections. His older brother Robert is a successful working actor who has appeared in The X Files, True Blood and perhaps most famously as the liquid metal T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Patrick started his career as the touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails in 1989 and stayed on as Trent Reznor's live sideman before forming Filter four years later. The band had success early with "Hey Man Nice Shot" and later hits with "Take A Picture" and "Where Do We Go From Here." Filter recently released its sixth studio album, The Sun Comes Out Tonight (Wind-Up), and the first single, "What Do You Say," reached No. 15 on the Billboard Active Rock chart. The latest single "Surprise" just went to radio and the band is out headlining The Self-Inflicted Tour to support it.  

In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Patrick ran down his ten favorite scary movies to watch on Halloween, or just any time you’re seeking chills and thrills.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"That whole idea of found footage was mind-blowing. That approach worked so well and no one had done that before. They didn’t have a crew, they didn’t have a script; it just leaves so much to the imagination and was outside the Hollywood norm of nuts and bolts horror. Kudos to the people that made that because it's still scary."

The Shining (1980)

"The Shining [directed by Stanley Kubrick] was one of the first horror movies I ever saw when I was around ten years old. One of the greatest things, aside from Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall, was the pace of it. The music was out of the ordinary. It was horrifying."

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The Thing (1982)

"Just gross and awful and scary through and through, from the moment that starts straight down to the end, this John Carpenter movie is damn creepy."

Seven (1995)

"It was just so creepy. 'What's in the box?' That scene when they're walking around and the flashlights don't work ... Oh, man. It was just so crazy."

The Exorcist (1973)

"An amazing movie that gives you nightmares. The director's cut is great, too, where she's upside-down."

Halloween (1978)

"The classic! Directed by John Carpenter, it was a movie that was really amazing for the time, just simple and perfectly chilling."

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Alien (1979)

"It was technically a sci-fi movie, but Alien was the first really horrifying sci-fi movie. The music was so weird and the look of the film [directed by Ridley Scott], the way they made it feel -- with the slow set-up and extreme close-ups -- made that movie even scarier."

Poltergeist (1982)

"Steven Spielberg did a great job of freaking everyone out on Poltergeist, and it holds up. A good, commercial, fun, legitimately frightening film."

28 Days Later (2002)

"I think that the fact the zombies move so damn fast really made this movie [directed by Danny Boyle]. I love that. Plus, seeing London completely empty was fantastic."

The Ring (1996)

"The Ring was the first movie I saw after I got sober. I don't know if I was overly sensitive at the time, but there was something really brilliant and horrifying about that movie. It's dripping in gloom. The plot, the cinematography, the creepy acting made that thing just awful to watch."

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