The 280th Carnival of Personal Finance – Halloween Horror Movies Edition

by Michael P

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!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Editor’s Picks)

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 Exorcist (Investing)

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 …

It (Education and Insurance)

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.

Identity (Credit Cards)

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.

Child’s Play 2 (Family and Frugality)

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:

The Shining (Real Estate and Debt)

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?

Saw (Banking and Taxes)

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:

Halloween (Retirement and Career)

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):

Jason X (The Misfit Articles)

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.

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.

Published or updated May 12, 2015.
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1 Nicole

Thanks for linking to us! We don’t really say it’s ok for personal finance bloggers to be balanced… we just pose the question, and leave it open. There’s a lot of very interesting discussion about what that means in the comments. We’re interested in everyone’s views.


2 Craig

Great list of movies (and articles too!). Nightmare on Elm Street was real scary when it came out. The first 3 Friday the 13th movies were great too (remember Kevin Bacon in the first?) Gotta admit, sometimes I’ll go camping and late at night I’ll be out, and I know it’s a movie but I just get creeped out that something’s out there!

And Friday the 13th X was a lot of fun. The camping scene is great!


3 Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog

Great job with the movie picks Ryan!

One of my favourites that didn’t make the list… Candyman.


4 Evan

I HATE horror flicks! I never understood why people go to be scared…but I still thank you for choosing my post lol


5 FB @

I am with Evan. I hate horror flicks, but thank you for choosing my post 🙂


6 PT

This list reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve watched a horror flick. My wife can’t handle them so I never watch them anymore. I used to love watching them as a teenager though. Lots of Friday the 13th. And the Shining is just a great film. Beautifully shot. Thanks for including me in the carnival. Nice job.


7 Arjun @

Hey Ryan,

Thanks for the mention but i have to concur with Evan & FB. Horror movies give me the heebijeebies. Having said that, Happy Halloween everyone.


8 Jeff Rose

Thanks for the editor’s pick battle buddy! Love the theme. “It” was a freaking scary movie except the ending was kind of weak. I remember being terrified as a kid though. 🙂


9 Sandy @yesiamcheap

Clearly, the winner has to be the Exorcist. I remember being afraid to sleep the first time that I saw it. Another good one was Poltergeist and of course, Psycho. Psycho was more mental than anything else, but as a kid it was SCARY! Thanks for the inclusion!


10 Jeremy

Nice job on the carnival and choosing a very appropriate theme! I agree with your picks of the Exorcist, the Shining and Halloween.

Will have to add “Identity” to my Netflix queue (and not just because my blog post was featured in that section!).


11 Roshawn @ Watson Inc

I used to watch them a lot too, but my wife is not a fan. Thanks for the include!!


12 Squirrelers

Thanks for including my article in the carnival!

I like the theme…brings back memories of watching some of these.

My favorite has to the original “Halloween”. The music was a chiling compliment to the dark craziness on screen.

Strangest: A movie called “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. This evil santa kept saying “PUNISH!” when commiting a bad deed.


13 Investor Junkie

Love the theme!


14 Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet

The very first Elm street did me in. I haven’t watched a horror film since then.

Thanks for including my post. I’ll tweet and include in my round up post on Friday.


15 MD

I love It but damn do I ever hate the ending. The funny thing is I began watching this movie when I was a kid back in 1997. I didn’t see the ending until many years later.

Thanks for the mention.


16 ctreit

I love the connection to the horror flicks. Thanks for including us!


17 Donna Freedman

Thanks for the inclusion in your bloodcurdling carnival.
And Craig: I think you mean Johnny Depp, not Kevin Bacon, in the original “Nightmare.” With really bad ’80s hair at that.


18 Craig

Depp was in Nightmare and Bacon was in Friday the 13th.


19 John

Great List of articles. Thanks for including mine in this week’s carnival.


20 Ben

I’m not big into horror films so I’ve actually never seen any of these except the Shining but it was creepy. The scene with “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” still freaks me out.

thanks for including the options trading post!



Nice work on the carnival, and the horror movie idea was great! Movie lists are always sure to spark a lot of debate. While perhaps not classic horror movies, a couple of movies not included that freaked me out were Silence of the Lambs and Signs. Anyway, thanks for including Wallet Blog in the carnival!


22 Barb Friedberg

Thanks for the mention. You put a lot of time into this carnival, and it shows!


23 Adam@RabbitFunds

Thanks for picking my post as an Editor’s Choice! And I think that “It” is the best movie up there. I’m still slightly scared when taking a shower.


24 Len Penzo

Thanks for the Editor’s Pick, Michael! You did a great job with the Carnival!


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25 Kyle @ Scary Cakes

I love the old horror flicks. They sure don’t make them like they used to!


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