To get you in the Halloween spirit, we’ve listed ten of the scariest horror movies out there. If you’re brave enough to see these movies, we hope that you’ll get in the spirit of the season by preparing yourself beforehand with food, drinks, and plenty of layers for warmth! We also encourage you to watch all of these movies with someone else (or at least with a friend over video chat), because no one wants to be scared alone! Happy Halloween from everyone here at Horrorphilia!
1) The Exorcist
A film about a girl who has strange things happening to her. She is taken to a hospital, where her mother becomes worried because she thinks that something evil could be taking over her daughter. The mother wants them to perform an exorcism on her daughter, so they do so. It does not work out as well as planned, and it brings out some very disturbing things with demons and evil in general... it is definitely not one for those who are scared of horror films! In fact, many viewers were scarred after seeing The Exorcist in theaters - no wonder why they call it the most terrifying movie ever made! Oh well, everyone should check it out at least once - if nothing else but just to see how scary a movie can really get!
2) The Shining
The Shining is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It was released in 1980, and it stars Jack Nicholson as writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance. After accepting a job as an off-season caretaker for a remote hotel, Torrance brings his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) to live with him in seclusion until things warm up back home. However, Jack begins experiencing violent visions of murder and mayhem when he passes through a doorway in one of the rooms—and, despite his attempts to lock away whatever paranormal force resides there, it continues to grow stronger while terrorizing Danny on an increasingly frequent basis.
3) The Ring
The Ring, as it turns out, is real. It was made in Japan in a year when filmmakers had to compete with Hollywood films being screened in Japanese theaters. The Ring tells a story of two sisters; one younger and one older who both mysteriously die within months of each other. The older sister's boyfriend transfers to another city for work and, while he's away, falls in love with his co-worker and gets engaged. When his fiancée asks him to show her what happened to his ex-girlfriend - she doesn't believe he really loved her - they end up watching The Ring together, which makes her cursed like his ex.
4) Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 psychological horror film based on Ira Levin's 1967 bestselling novel of same name. The film was directed by Roman Polanski, and stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, a pregnant woman who comes to believe that her neighbors are involved in a satanic cult conspiring to take her baby. Like Levin's novel, Polanski's film explores themes of state control, domestic abuse, paranoia and occultism. Shot in Groß Glienicke outside Berlin in East Germany, it is his first English-language film.
5) The Conjuring
If I told you about a place that was supposed to be haunted and was sold as such, but no one really believes it’s true. You check it out anyway and find out there may be some truth to the rumors. A lot of what’s said turns out to be partially true, but some stuff is just made up by people who are looking for attention or making money off of gullible people. I say all of that because The Conjuring is a lot like those rumors—partially based on a true story and partially concocted by someone trying to make some money off of gullible people who want real-life horror even though they know these stories aren’t real.
The Grudge (2002) — This story of a curse which spreads from victim to victim is set in Tokyo, making it an appropriate film for Halloween. A series of mysterious deaths occurs soon after several people move into a house where a murder-suicide took place. The spirits appear as ghosts with glowing eyes and long claws, emitting bloodcurdling shrieks and growls. They haunt their victims day and night and drive them to commit suicide. The end is unexpected; some scenes are truly horrific! You can feel like you’re inside a haunted house – or rather a cursed building! We found it hard to sleep after watching it!
7) It Follows
A young woman is followed by an entity only she can see. The film is deeply unsettling, but it's clear that a second viewing is absolutely necessary to process its many layers. And although it's an independent film, it deserves a spot on any horror movie fan's list of essentials. It Follows has been nominated for four awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama and a Critic Choice Award for Best Young Performer for Maika Monroe. Plus, Rolling Stone named it one of their top ten films of 2015.
8) A Nightmare on Elm Street
After his death, serial killer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) haunts those who share his dream-world. With his razor glove he kills them in their dreams—and they die in real life. This Wes Craven classic introduced us to a haunting villain and jump-started many young actor's careers, most notably Johnny Depp's. You'll never look at your bed or sweaters quite like before after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street .
9) Hush (2016 film)
Hush is a 2016 American psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Kate Siegel, based on their 2014 short film of same name. The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, and Kate Siegel. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016, and was released in a limited release and through video on demand on April 8, 2016, by Netflix. It has received critical acclaim for its acting (particularly Siegel's performance), screenplay, direction and production value.
10) The Babadook
Babadook is one of those movies that doesn’t need a description to be as chilling as it is. After her husband dies in a car accident, Amelia (Essie Davis) loses herself in grief and starts to lose control of her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). That’s when she discovers The Babadook, a monster from a children’s book Sam reads, which begins to haunt their house... and Amelia. Directed by Jennifer Kent, it’s a slow burn horror that takes its time with real storytelling. And yes, it’s scary AF—especially if you have small children who like things like The Monster Book of Monsters.
Although we tend to think of horror films as films where special effects, jump scares, and gore dominate our screen time, there are some movies out there that leave an indelible impact on our minds. A few films have recently been released with mental health themes woven into their storylines. They may not be what we normally think of when someone mentions a scary movie, but they'll definitely haunt your dreams after watching them. If you're still looking for a good scare during these last weeks of October: check out one of these films!
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