Ah we’re here – crisp mornings and dark nights, sweater weather and pretty boots, blankets and popcorn. It’s autumn. And of course, with autumn comes Halloween – and with Halloween comes horror.
Nope I’m not going to sit and list the usual Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas etc despite my photo (also most people go for a hot chocolate on a cosy night, not me, I apparently pick the cider). Anyway on another note, TNBC is a must. Get it watched, on repeat. I mean, mixing two of the best holidays together into one film??? Yes pls. Tim burton??? Yes pls. The songs??? Yes pls.
Now back to today’s point.
Let’s have a mix, nothing beats a classic horror but you have to love the authenticity of films nowadays. Get the blankets (and possibly cushions to hide behind) ready and get these on your to watch list.
1. The Shining
A classic. Man takes his family to deserted hotel then goes insane??? Nice. It’s not scary but a very good watch – I can’t wait to read the book, I believe that’ll be the terrifying one.
Another classic, this 70s film follows a girl who’s overly religious mother smothers her, tells her everything she does is a sin and makes her life hell. She has no friends, the girls at school bully her, the boys ignore her. What else can she do but use the devils magic inside to fight back?
3. The Woman In Black
I loved this. I didn’t go to the cinema to see it (when it came out I hated horrors – who even was I?) and so when it finally came onto Netflix I got round to watching it and I’ve seen it so many times since. It’s creepy, ominous and gives you chills.
4. 3096 Days
Based on the true story of Natascha Kampusch, this shows you the ordeal she went through after being abducted the age of 10 years old. She lived in a secret bunker under her kidnappers garage and stayed there for 8 years. As time went on she was allowed out more and was trusted more by her kidnapper until she managed to escape. It’s a hard watch I won’t even pretend it’s not. It took me two attempts to watch it all the way through but I did some research on her and found it very interesting.
5. Beauty and The Beast (2017)
There’s something about this being a live action that brings out the horror side of the Disney Classic, so if you’re not up for a full on scream fest, shaking and hiding behind a cushion sort of film, take this as a better option! Based on the animation, it’s amazingly portrayed through Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens. Like I say, hardly a horror but a little scarier now that it’s not a child’s animation.
If you loved the Saw films then obviously you’re going to love this one too. Pretty gory but still a good watch. Watch as Jigsaw tries to take down people for their sins when they refuse to admit what they’ve done.
The famous Norman Bates. It’s such a classic, nothing like a black and white serial killer horror to watch after a long hard day. Does that make me sound crazy?? Maybe it’s my love for Norman coming out. Moving on.
8. Would You Rather
Omg. Okay. I love this film. I think you either love it or you hate it. A rich family invites a number of people in need of help to sadistic dinner party where they play a deadly game of the famous child’s game “Would You Rather”. SO GOOD – and a little brutal at times.
9. The House At The End Of The Street
After her parents divorce, teenager Elissa moves to a small town with her mother. They hear about the tragedy that happened in the house down from theirs where a young girl Carrie-Anne murdered her parents and then disappeared with no trace. Her brother, similar age to Elissa, was the only one to survive that night. Elissa and Ryan become involved but the unsolved mystery still lingers until the questions are answered.
10. Berlin Syndrome
Young woman decides to pack up and travel and soon arrives in Berlin. She meets Andi who she has a one night stand with but it turns sinister when he locks Clare in his apartment and holds her prisoner.
There are so many more, I could go on forever. I actually look through Netflix and go “hey this looks like a good horror!!” And realise half way through that I have in fact already seen it. Good to know I still enjoy it the second time round mind you.
Also anything to do with supernatural or exorcisms are always a good shout. Just sayin’.
So yeah, horror fest anyone?