So here I have given you my scary movies you should be watching this Halloween! After all, it is the spooky season, so let’s get watching some classics and some newer films that have us jumping and hiding behind your cushions!
These are my personal choices, so if you have a different opinion to mine, I would love to hear your opinion in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
10. Psycho (1960)
A lot of you may think “Wow this is an old film, why would I want to watch that?” Honestly, this is one of those films that are timeless. So much so that the later modern remake was unnecessary in my opinion. Hitchcock has always been the master of suspense and this film with its classic shower scene and scary noises and sinister characters will have you anxiously waiting for what is to come next!
9. Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
This film brought us the ultimate boogeyman in the form of Freddy Krueger. With the famous quote ‘Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep!’ The story of your nightmares Freddy comes to people in their dreams and makes their nightmares a reality in this spooky unnerving tale, which spanned many sequels and a modern remake. In my opinion, you cannot beat the original film. Some of the effects compared to what you see now may make you chuckle. For me though, its all part of watching a classic tale and a must-see film for any horror movie fan!
8. Scream (1996)
‘Scream’ instantly became a modern-day classic. Directed by Wes Craven this film also spurred 3 sequels all of which are perfect binge viewing for the Halloween season. If you like scary movies these are a must-see, following the movie code of how someone will be attacked and the haunting quote, “Do you like scary movies? What’s your favorite scary movie?”
7. Halloween (1978)
I chose the original ‘Halloween’, which spurred a horror movie franchise, because in my opinion when it comes to the ‘Halloween’ series you truly cannot beat a classic! You may laugh at some of the sound effects and special effects but honestly, the storyline of this movie is gripping and involves jump scares that keep it a must-see movie on my horror list.
6. Childs Play (1988)
A lot of you may disagree with the placement of this film in my horror movie top ten. However, I watched this when I was pretty young- way before I should have. This film left me with an uneasy creepy vibe about dolls in general. With many jump scares and some comedic lines from Chucky himself, this film for its time was infamously scary. However, the sequels did not live up to the original film ‘Child’s Play’ will always be an iconic spooky movie for me!
5.The Conjuring (2013) & Annabelle (2014)
While some of you may think this is a controversial choice – let alone its placement in the top ten, this series of movies that loosely joined together are well written and provides many jump scares. The fact that it is roughly based on true events I found to be unnerving, which is why I have it on my list.
4. Paranormal Activity (2009)
While I am guessing a lot of you are saying “Why this film? It’s not scary!” for me I have to disagree. The fact that it is filmed with a simple camera in a vlogging style and the perception of a demonic presence in this reality-style film is terrifying to me! I did not think much of the sequels that followed but this is a go-to movie for me if I’m in the mood to be spooked.
3. IT (1990)/IT: Chapter 1 (2017)/IT: Chapter 2 (2019)
I added all three here for many reasons. The original ‘IT’ (1990) was notoriously petrifying to many. It left many with a clown phobia, and plenty of people refused to watch. However, for its time ‘IT’ was extremely well made. When the remake happened I was dubious, I’ll have to admit. The 2017 version pays homage to the original well and was overall an enjoyable scary movie. ‘IT: Chapter Two’ I found amazing personally. The film uplifted and took the story further- it had me sat on the edge of my seat. It is definitely a film I will watch over and over.
2. Saw (2004)
This film opened up for a series of others all of which deserve to be here as well. However, ‘Saw’ (2004) in its own right is a great gripping film. The psychological horror that the characters endure makes it all the more scary. All the while, they’re at the mercy of Jigsaw who captures people, he considers lacking morals to teach them a lesson by playing his twisted games.
I highly recommend a spooky weekend with snacks, duvets and the complete collection of these films. In a binge-watching way watching them all in order makes you realize how easily they all come together.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
It may come as no surprise that this film appeared in the top ten. However, you may question why it is number one. Well for me, I watched this film originally when I was far to young to be watching these kind of films and it scared the life out of me! To this day every time I rewatch this film I am taken back to how scary the movie was for me then. Also in its own right, this film was extremely ahead of its time and the directors cut of this is definitely my preferred version. It includes scenes that were not allowed in the movie at the time of its original release.
I must say I did find compiling this list hard. There are so many captivating, frightening and downright eerie movies out there. So here are a few others that if you haven’t seen I recommend checking out!
‘The Shining’ (1980) is a terrifying, psychological horror from the amazing director Stanley Kubrick. With some classic scenes such as the line “Heres Johnny!” this film delves into the madness of a man with demons whilst living in seclusion with his family. There is a new film coming out soon called Doctor Sleep which is related to this film and I cannot wait to see it!
Another film that I could not make space for is ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980) this film which produced several sequels (most of which were terrible) is simply downright terrifying and sends a shiver down my spine every time I revisit it. Jason Voorhees is definitely a character that is the stuff of nightmares!
Finally, this one may surprise you, but ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1999) spooked so many people. The way it was filmed left viewers wondering whether this was actually real. For awhile the company that released the film allowed people to believe it was real. Until members of the cast admitted it was fake. With actors given cameras with a loosely based storyline, they had to follow. With this direction, a lot of what you see in the film is improvised by the actors.
If you have any films that you feel deserved to be here please let us know in the comment section below or tweet us @THPMag!
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