With Halloween just one week away, I thought it would be cool to openly discuss the best horror movies of all time. To be fair, horror movies are tough to consider as quality cinema, simply because you always find B list actors and a plot that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. However, if you look hard enough, you can find some pretty awesome films.
So let’s get started shall we? Keep in mind that this is my list and I have a unique taste for suspense, humor and absolutely despise unnecessary gore. The 280th Carnival of Personal Finance is now underway with our editors picks and our favorite horror movie of all time!
The 1980’s were a fun time for everyone and it should be remembered, not just for the music or the TV shows but also the horror movies. The greatest horror movie of all time still resides with Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street. What can be scarier than a guy that can kill you while your sleeping? Nothing! This movie was so good, that eight sequels followed it AND the franchise is still putting out new films. Here are our picks for the best personal finance articles of the week:
- The Dividend Guy Blog wants everyone to know that investing is NOT sexy. Take that J Money!
- Soldier of Finance explains why payday loans are weapons of mass destruction.
- Len Penzo voices his opinion on why marriage can make remodeling costs on your home so difficult.
- Rabbit Funds wants to know if your “Go To Hell” fund is fully funded.
- Dividend Monk talks about the path between fear and overconfidence.
Poor Linda Blair. Would you like to be known for the rest of your life as the woman who was possessed by the devil and could spin her head around 360 degrees? The Exorcist was revolutionary in that it took the Omen to a whole new level of terror. Some scenes were docile and peaceful as all you saw was a sick little girl and then when you least expect it, the devil scares the heebie jeebies out of ya. Our favorite investing articles were …
- The Dividend Growth Investor shows why dividend investing beats US treasuries.
- Dividends Value gives the full story on dividends investing.
- Money Help for Christians mentions a low cost, diversified portfolio with only three funds.
- The Smarter Wallet asks if target date mutual funds are for you.
- MomVesting warns of avoiding asset bubbles.
- The Oblivious Investor is focused on the probability and payoff of an investment.
- Darwin’s Money openly confesses his worst trade ever. I’ll admit that Blockbuster was mine!
- The Intelligent Speculator is trying to predict which bubble will burst next.
- Investing Thesis talks simple pairs trading, specifically statistical arbitrage.
- Go Banking Rates says the first $100,000 is the hardest to earn.
- Consumer Boomer lists 21 investors you need to follow on Twitter.
- Leveraged EF suggests to invest in tech stocks with a semiconductor ETF.
- Narrow Bridge explains just what an ADR is.
- Investor Junkie slams home a review of the online discount broker Fidelity.
- Accumulating Money details the process of automated currency trading.
- Good Financial Cents provides some informative perspectives regarding the Bond Market.
- Grow Money shows us 11 healthcare stocks with pretty sweet dividends.
- Personal Dividends wonders if you’re prepared to take advantage of opportunities.
- ETF Base dares you to short gold. Are you man enough to accept?
So I know some people have a fear of clowns and I’m willing to bet 99% of them came from this movie! Stephen King at his best in a movie with the shortest title I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the ending leaves a bit to be desired but for a few hours, I was grossly terrified that a clown was going to screw with me for the rest of my life. I still get nervous when I seem stray balloons flying around. Let’s dive in to our best education and insurance articles from the past week.
- The Paycheck Chronicles debates if discount textbooks are worth the money.
- My Dollar Plan discusses the basics of student loans.
- Net Worth Journey offers a few spending and saving tips for college students.
- Wealth Pilgrim wonders what the value in private career colleges is.
- Donna Freedman urges everyone on why they need renters insurance.
- Ultimate Money Blog wants to know if discount dental insurance plans are worth the money.
Identity may not be classified as a horror movie in the traditional sense but it had one of the great plots and twists of any thriller I’ve ever seen. The cast of Identity included Ray Liotta, John Cusack, Alfred Molina and Amanda Peet, which is of rare quality in a horror movie. Sadly, once the theme of the movie was unleashed, the rest of Hollywood couldn’t stop making movies just like Identity, which ruins the uniqueness just a bit. Still gives me chills when I watch how this one finishes. Now the best credit card posts from this past week.
- Nerd Wallet lets you know what there is to know about the HHonors rewards program.
- Prepaid Cards 123 shows you how to budget with prepaid credit cards.
- Money Smart Life shares a few ways you can protect your credit card when shopping online.
- Endless Gibberish shows you how to profit using American Express Gift Cards and the US Mint.
- The Financial Blogger chats on the pros and cons of using a credit card only spending system.
- Wallet Blog shows you some store credit cards that can be attained with bad credit.
- Taking Charge voices a few hard questions you should ask your bank about credit cards.
I went to go see this movie when I was six years old with two of my Aunts who were able to sneak me in and I had nightmares until I was roughly 13 (probably closer to 23). Chucky was one scary dude, especially when your six years old and strangely enough the sequel was actually better than the original (which is very rare). This is one of my favorite horror franchises and over the past couple of years, Chucky has become more of a comedian than a villain but these movies are still pretty awesome. Here are our favorite family and frugality articles:
- My Journey to Millions explains why financial decisions should be made extra carefully when having children with special needs.
- Gen X Finance shows you how to save money when shopping for a car online.
- Studenomics voices his opinion on how to save money on auto and home insurance.
- Money Shopping Blues chats on saving money during the holiday shopping blues.
- PT Money shows everyone how to get free airline miles and lots of ’em.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy doesn’t it? Well Jack Nicholson may have been a respected actor before this movie but the Shining made sure that his name was called first for all future projects. You won’t find a lot of action in this movie until the very end and of all the horror movies on our list, this is the longest and I mean THE LONGEST. Four hours of Redrum with a spooky looking kid and you won’t be sleeping for weeks. Anyone up for Real Estate or debt articles?
- Spruce Up Your Finances offers a few tips on finding an agent if you’re looking to sell your home.
- The Digerati Life takes you through the steps of getting a car loan.
- Money and Obedience conveys why they like 30 year mortgages instead of 15 year mortgages.
- Free From Broker answers the question; what is a mortgage escrow account?
A franchise that hasn’t become better with age, the original Saw had it all. A good amount of surprise, a ton of tricks and by the end of the movie, you’re stunned you didn’t see it coming. John Jigsaw has made the world his personal playground and even though I know this last installment of Saw is going to be rough, I will be attending Friday night. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there! Our most favorite banking and taxes articles of the past week were:
- Dealerity explains why you should skip the Flexible Spending Account in 2011.
- The Magical Penny hates money. Pretty strange wouldn’t you say?
- Green Panda Treehouse serves up 7 ways for college students to save and earn money.
- Provident Planning knows what an Enrolled Agent is (EA). Do you?
What would a horror movie list be without Halloween on it! Michael Myers can’t walk very fast (and he’s certainly not allowed to run) but he can sure take care of business. Jamie Lee Curtis does a fantastic job in screaming at the top of her lungs and the late and great Donald Pleasence is positive he shot Michael six times and no man should be able to survive. Unlike the other horror movie franchises, Halloween has been no where near good in it’s sequels and probably should have opted for early retirement! Speaking of retirement, here are the best of the week (with careers):
- The Canadian Finance Blog shows how debt can be deadly for retirement plans.
- Squirrelers shows everyone five benefits of living trusts.
- Christian Finances writes an article that should help you plan out your next five years.
- GoToRetirement does the task of separating retirement wants from retirement needs.
You might be wondering how the 10th installment of the Friday the 13th series can make this list but for those who are looking for a good laugh, I urge you to watch this movie. The premise of the movie and the scenes contained within are so ridiculously funny, I have to consider this movie 100% comedy and 0% horror. Amazingly Jason Voorhees came back for another installment after this one, going to show you that anyone can bounce back from mistakes, even a homicidal maniac afraid of water who’s mother was crazy. Here are the remaining finance articles from this past week.
- The Realm of Prosperity shows you how to avoid pissing people off at the ATM.
- The Promo Code Center shares Bed Bath and Beyond promo codes.
- Sweating the Big Stuff wonders if expensive furniture is worth the cost.
- Fabulously Broke implores you to never be in the dark about your money.
- The Family Balance Sheet asks if clutter is getting in the way of your financial road.
- The DoughRoller offers five tips for giving back this holiday season.
- Nicole and Maggie think that it’s ok for a personal finance blogger to be balanced.
- Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance explores the crucial personal finance link between behavior and wealth.
- Watson Inc gives everyone the keys to moving forward from past failures.
- Kevin from Thousandaire wants you to know that he bought a car this week.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 280th Carnival of Personal Finance and I hope everyone enjoyed reading my anecdotes about some of the best horror movies out there. Make sure you check out the 281st Carnival of Personal Finance next week, host by Flexo at Consumerism Commentary.