We're only days away from the release Apple's iPad, which got us thinking: which apps are must-have for every horror fan?
Have you ever searched "horror" in the iTunes store? If not, go ahead. With more than 150,000 applications to chose from, you're going to find a lot... of crap. Truthfully, if you're a genre fan you need to think a little outside the search box. So we've done the hard work for you and assembled this handy list of our favorites - enough to keep your app addiction alive and well until the day it bursts from your chest leaving a gaping Apple logo shaped hole.
What it does: Along with providing you with some nifty Saw VI-related promotional content, this app let's you record your voice, modify it Jigsaw-style, and send it to your friends.
Why you need it: Let's face it, we can't all be terminally ill serial killers but thanks to this app by Inner Four we sure can sound like one. Record creepy messages in Jigsaw's voice and send them off to your friends. Hey, at least this way, when they get home to discover you've shoved a bobcat trap into their roommate's mouth, they can't say they weren't warned. PS, this app it also a great way to ask out the ladies. Wink.
What it does: Much like the famously annoying lightsaber app, this is a motioned-based sound effects program. Unlike the lightsaber app, however, this one allows you to choose from a variety of knives, then simulate the act of stabbing....something.
Why you need it: Did I know what a stabbing sounded like before this? No. Do I now? Yes. Bottom line, this app is a stabbing simulator which is pretty much all I should have to say. If, however, you're looking for something with a little more muscle try Crazy Chainsaw. Perfect for those who don't care about finesse or stealth when it comes to murder.
What it does: With over 1,000 questions (plus an available extra content pack with an additional 666 - cue ominous music sting) this app claims to be the ultimate trivia challenge for the casual and hardcore horror fan alike.
Why you need it: Nothing boosts your ego like concrete proof that you do in fact know a lot about something that you already believed you knew a lot about. Besides, when else would it be useful to know that Jason Takes Manhattan was the last Friday the 13th produced by Paramount. BTW, way to go out on a winner guys. Yikes.
What it does: Displays creepy baby doll pictures on your phone with an accompanying crying baby sound effect.
Why you need it: Someday a friend is going to approach you and say, "Hey. I know you couldn't care less but check out this picture of my kid. Isn't he/she/he-she adorable?" You'll respond, "Sure. But check out my kid." Once they see the cracked visage of one of CreepyDolls' olde-timey baby dolls pleading for its mommy they're sure to be so disturbed that they'll never bother you with that nonsense again. Ahhhh, serenity.
What it does: Streams the 1968 Romero classic Night of the Living Dead directly to your iPhone.
Why you need it: I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you think Night of the Living Dead is pretty f'ing outstanding. That being the case you should probably have it with you at all times. This app makes that possible.
What it does: Allows you to place ghost images in your photos while taking them.
Why you need it: App, $1.99. Convincing your buddy Doug that there was a dead kid at his wedding reception? Priceless.
What it does: Calculates every Friday the 13th for the next 50 years and allows you to mark each in your iCal.
Why you need it: Never get caught off guard again. Whether you're trying to avoid a run in with Jason Voorhees or simply want to know when to stay indoors, this app by Pocketkai has your back. Use it and be safe from bad luck and hockey masked slashers ‘til 2060. Now if only there was an app identifying the nearest summer camp with a dark horrifying secret, we'd be set.
What it does: Alive 4-Ever is a top down zombie shooter.
Why you need it: It's not all about productivity and spooky photo-shoppery. We had to have at least one game on here and this one receives high marks all around. If you're a fan of the Left 4 Dead series and are looking for a zombie shooter to play on the go, this one should do nicely.
What it does: Allows you to make an audio recording of everything that happens in your room at night while you sleep.
Why you need it: Remember in Paranormal Activity when that guy decides to record everything that happens in his room at night and what an awesome idea that turns out to be? Now you can do it too! Perfect for discovering horrible things in your bedroom that you can't unhear, or to hide in the room of someone you're stalking - providing you with 6 blissful hours of the sound of their innocent breathing.
What it is: Vampires Live is a vampire themed "massively multiplayer online" game.
Why you need it: This FREE - that's right FREE - MMO harkens back to the good old days when vampires didn't glisten in the sun, they burned in it. When eating a stray dog or rat was considered low class. And when humans were food, not brooding girlfriends.
What it is: A glowing crucifix.
Why you need it: Self defense. Say you're playing Peggle while hanging out at the bus stop by the old cemetery. When the vampires come, just flip on this app and see them wither in its cold, holy light. Also useful for digital exorcisms.
Did we forget your faovrite? Share your must-have horror apps in the comments.