Elections are scary and horror films have taken advantage of our political fears. During this heated campaign climate, Fun Size Horror wanted to share 5 horror films to get you in the mood for election season.
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone is a film directed by David Cronenberg based on Steven King's novel of the same name. In the film, a school teacher, Johnny Smith, wakes up from a coma with psychic powers. Later, Johnny shakes the hand of a politician (Martin Sheen in a rare political role) and witnesses him launching a nuclear strike in the future. It's a brilliant, "What would you do if you could stop Hitler before he became Hitler" story.
They Live is a cult favorite and considered one of John Carpenter's best. Roddy Piper discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see that aliens are masquerading as people including people in our own government.
The Manchurian Candidate (1964)
The plot of The Manchurian Candidate has become seeped into our country's psyche, and its not unique to meet someone who believes in conspiracies similar to the plot of the film. A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. The film, which is better than it's 2004 remake, vividly displays the fears of communism at the time and distrust of our own politicians.
The thriller Power is somewhat forgotten, but it has aged gracefully. Digging into the corruption and financial greed of a business man running for a senate seat, and featuring Denzel Washington in an early role, it's scary how little has changed in our politics except for the clothes since the 1980s.
The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year is an obvious film to include in this list. The third installment of The Purge Series features it's usual violent craziness, but this time a Presidential candidate must survive the night.
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