Hey there y’all! Halloween is upon us once again, and it’s time to turn on the TV, and watch all the best horror themes specials and TV shows, both nostalgic and gruesome. BUT that’s not this article. This year I’m going to be doing my personal top 6 favorite horror movies to watch around Halloween (which I haven’t already covered). Also this article is 100% spoiler free, so feel free to read and then check out these movies!
6) 28 Days Later
This is one of the best zombie movies to come around in a very long time. It’s quick paced without feeling rushed, the zombies are ferociously fast and deadly, and it makes great use of nature shots. It can also be labeled a pandemic film, since the means of making people soulless kill machines is through a virus, but many people refer to it as a zombie film. It is well made, has really good acting and special effects, and it’s definitely one not to be missed if you love this subgenre.
5) Paranormal Activity 2
This is a super new addition to my horror favorites, but it deserves the attention no less than the others. I saw the first film and thought it was pretty silly, even with the face at the end. This sequel is a huge improvement, and generally delivers some real scares, especially at the climax. You’ll be constantly staring at the screen, trying to discern what’s happening in the shot, only to have it creep up on you suddenly. I have to admit; I was hiding behind a stuffed T-Rex for a solid third of the film, so it’s definitely not low on the thrills.
4) Silence of the Lambs
There must have been a time when Anthony Hopkins didn’t make you secretly want to crawl in the corner, but after playing Hannibal Lector, psycho-analyst-gone-cannibal, there was no other way to look at him. This film is intense, and if you’re not easily scared, you’ll at least feel extremely uncomfortable and dirty during it, guaranteed. It’s got an intricate plot, and a beyond stellar cast. And the night vision scene? I think it’s absolutely brilliant and heightens the tension in such a clean, and easy way. If you like psychological thrillers, this one is a must for you!
I’m going to be honest – I hate small children in horror films. Ever since Sixth Sense and Children of the Corn, kids have become a normal part of the horror script, which would be fine if they could find some good child actors! However, this film restored my faith that a scary movie can successfully pull off a child-centric plot. Orphan goes from spooky, to crazy, to bat-shit nuts in the span of an hour and I loved every second. The twist at the end is a little…strange, but it’s at least worth it to see the all crazy ways one little girl can get away with murder.
2) The Wicker Man (1973)
No, not the stupid Nicholas Cage remake, the real, old British one. While it’s the oldest of the films on here, it’s a classic, and with good reason. The film’s cinematography is gorgeous but menacing, the plot intricate and winding (and actually makes sense), and of course, it’s got this bizarre out-of-place around it that you just don’t see in newer films. The ending, if you didn’t already pay to see the stupid Cage film so it was ruined like I did, is actually a real shock. If you haven’t seen it, I would give it a go for sure!
The pure amount of gut-wrenching that occurred while watching this film may have forever tied my intestines into knots. If you want to watch this movie, but are incredibly squeamish, or needle-phobic, RECONSIDER! This one may not be the second coming of Hostel but it’s pretty damn close! The first two acts of the film are a seemingly slow, creeping crawl to the most out-of-nowhere scenes of gore and terror that literally made me scream out loud. I personally do not do very well with intense gore and torture, but I had to see this one. It’s a fantastic piece of horror cinema and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good scare this Halloween.
See you all next year, and be sure to stay scared!