I was going to upload this on the day of Halloween, but I didn’t…

I know it’s a bit late now, but if I can still buy a Halloween cupcake then it’s not too late.

The films that I have selected are films that have a timeless fear factor to them OR scared seven shades of hell out of me OR are a little bit trashy in that good ol’ horror way.

These films won’t be listed in any particular order, because I think these films are so different and each person’s idea of what is scary is subjective, so there would be no real point.

The films that I have selected are films that have a timeless fear factor to them OR scared seven shades of hell out of me OR are a little bit trashy in that good ol’ horror way.

These films won’t be listed in any particular order, because I think these films are so different and each person’s idea of what is scary is subjective, so there would be no real point.

Let’s take a look:

Halloween: It wouldn’t be a list of spooky Halloween movies if I didn’t mention the undisputed champion of spooky Halloween movies: Halloween. C’mon, it’s set on Halloween and is about a masked psychopath on a killing spree, slicing his way through teenagers like there’s no tomorrow. When it comes to Halloween I am going to recommend the original version, because it is directed by John Carpenter who is a brilliant director and master of the horror genre. However, despite the fact that remakes are the work of Satan, I would also recommend the Rob Zombie remake/reimagining. It’s very good and doesn’t slavishly mimic the first film. However, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is utter garbage and should be given a very wide berth.

The Woman In Black: Daniel Radcliffe’s first film after the Potter franchise had come to a close. This film is simply brilliant. Not only did it showcase Radcliffe’s incredible acting skills and prove that he is someone who refuses to be typecast, but it was also an exercise in creating pure terror. I have seen a lot of horror films and a lot of them are desperately disappointing, but The Woman In Black scared the living daylights out of me, which is why the terror-free sequel was so so disappointing. The Woman In Black is an adaptation of the novel of the same name and it has a far more unsettling ending than the source material. The Woman In Black is a perfect choice for Halloween viewing, but you may find it hard to get to sleep afterwards.

The Silence of The Lambs: I don’t think anyone is surprised that a film from the Hannibal Lecter mythos has made it into this list. Now, my favourite Hannibal Lecter movie is Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, which is a gloriously baroque and superbly camp thriller. However, when it comes to delivering top of the range scares you can’t beat Silence of The Lambs. Hopkins puts in an incredibly sinister performance as Lecter and the final confrontation between Clarice Starling and Buffalo Bill is one of the tensest moments in any thriller I have ever seen.

Coraline: The book of Coraline is by far one of the most intensely creepy and downright terrifying novels that I have ever had the pleasure of reading… thank you Neil Gaiman. The film is a wonderful feast for the eyes, but what else would you expect from a film made by the masters of Claymation: Laika. Coraline remains my favourite Laika film and it is very very creepy and captures the spirit of the source novel. If anyone who is reading this has not seen Coraline and is doubting my claim, then allow me to present an anecdote from my college days. On the last day of term our class was given a choice of what film we’d like to see: the choice was Coraline or Silent Hill. One girl at the back of the class loudly said: “No way, that film is not child-friendly, can we watch Silent Hill instead?”

Re-Animator: (This film isn’t actually even slightly scary) There are so many reasons why I love this film: it’s based on a H.P.Lovecraft story, the main theme is a very slightly modified version of the theme from Psycho, and it is a completely and utterly ridiculous work of genius film-making!

Psycho: Do I really have to say anything about this entry? It’s a classic and it still manages to hold up today. This is one of my favourite horrors, one of my favourite Hitchcock films and in general one of my favourite films of all time. A real work of art. If you have already seen Psycho and enjoyed it then give Psycho II a watch, it is actually very good. Just don’t EVER watch the abominable Gus Van Sant shot-for-shot remake.

The Thing: Another John Carpenter entry on this list and boy it’s a good one. A true sci-fi horror that has also stood the test of time and even if you don’t find it scary, you’ll find it tense and if you don’t find it tense then you’ll still enjoy watching a young Kurt Russell setting gribbly space monsters in fire. Avoid the remake/sequel…it’s pretty crap.

The Guest: A very solid, genre-literate and at times hilariously but knowingly camp thriller. It’s not scary as such, but it’s very tense, there’s lots of suspense built up and then at the end you are rewarded with the most bat-shit crazy, balls to the wall action sequences that I have ever seen. The final stand-off does take place inside a school that has been spookified for a Halloween Party, so technically it qualifies as a Halloween appropriate film… barely.

The Mist: I can’t say much about this film without spoiling it and I’m aware that not everyone has seen it. What I will say is that it is an adaptation of a Stephen King novella, it’s incredibly good, it’s filled with Lovecraftian beasties and it has one of the most soul destroying endings of any film I have ever seen.

Don’t Breathe: To know my thoughts on Don’t Breathe you merely have to read the review I posted shortly after its release. It is tremendous. It’s a stripped down horror thriller that will give you sleepless nights for sure. Fede Alvarez creates a very real and visceral horror movie experience in this modern classic of the genre. Stephen Lang is incredible and his minimalist performance is chilling.

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