All Hallow’s Eve is the one time of year scary movies are mandatory. But if you are going to sit there all terrified and tense (preferably not alone), at least make sure you watch something genuinely decent in the horror department (and for the 13th time, no, Hocus Pocus definitely doesn’t count). So, do you really want to get a fright? The below five films will do it every single time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you… Happy Halloween!
There has been many a take on the haunted house movies and this underrated thriller ranks as one of the best ever. Nicole Kidman plays Grace; a war widow confined to the dark rooms of her isolated house due to the fact that her young children are photosensitive and cannot be exposed to daylight. Help arrives in the form of three servants (one of which is played by a brilliant Fionnula Flanagan) but things take an unwanted turn when ‘the others,’ (unwanted spirits) start making themselves known. Tense and atmospheric, the twist at the end is the best scare of all.
This recent horror gem by M. Night Shyamalan works its way slowly into the deepest part of your nightmares and once seen, will remain there forever. The atmospheric filmmaker turned the traditional horror concept on its head; the children aren’t the ones to fear. Instead, the elderly grandparents put terror in the hearts of all in their company. One scene, in particular, disgusted audiences, but you wouldn’t want that spoiled, now would you? Watch it and see for yourself.
Did you see 1998’s masterful Japanese horror film Ringu? Its American adaptation is twice as frightening as the gruesome original. The premise is simple: a mysterious videotape kills anyone who watches it within seven days. You want to know what’s on the tape, don’t you? Watch this, and you’ll never look at that TV in your bedroom the same way again. If you scare easily, this will terrify you.
This is one of the scariest films of all time for a very good reason. Upon its release, the film cultivated huge controversy with its religious imagery and brutal showcasing of a teenage girl possessed by an evil demon. The possessed Regan ( played by Linda Blair) is horrifying, and even now, with her evil words and manically frightening acts of scrambling up walls and 180-degree head turns, it doesn’t get any easier to watch.
Drag Me To Hell
This one terrified yours truly so much; I had to leave the cinema. Spiderman director returned to horror with gleeful confidence in Drag Me To Hell and taught us to always respect our elders because if one doesn’t, they’ll curse your soul ensuring the only place you end up is where the damned venture. Christine Brown learns this the hard way after she refuses an older woman a loan and all hell breaks loose, literally. Prepare to be terrified.