I used to be a dedicated horror fanatic but nowadays I’m a total wimp when it come to scary movies. Despite my fear every Halloween I always choose a few frightening films to watch. I also spend the whole of October checking under my bed and sleeping with the light on. When it comes to choosing the best scary movies to watch at Halloween I always turn to some of my absolute favourites.
Scary movies are great for getting the heart pounding and the adrenaline rushing. You never forget the first horror film you ever watched, for me it was A Nightmare On Elm Street. Freddy Krueger haunted many of my dreams with his razor-sharp fingers and creepy nursery rhyme.
Here are, what I think, the best scary movies to watch at Halloween.
Poltergeist (The Original)
Poltergeist is the reason that I still check under my bed for demon toy clowns. It might be a vintage horror but it still terrifies me. I don’t know why it gives me the chills, it could be the people in the TV or the creepy medium Tangina. This film never fails to make me jump.
If the first movie isn’t enough to terrify you, there’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III to scare you senseless. There’s also a remake starring Sam Rockwell, it’s not quite as good as the original but still provides lots of jumps and hide behind a cushion moments.
Another vintage but absolutely chilling horror film. The Shining has everything you want from a horror, ghost, creepy twin girls, insanity and possession. I certainly have to psyche myself up to watch this classic. Jack Nicholson gives an absolutely chilling performance as frustrated writer Jack Torrance. He and his family become caretaker’s of the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado. The hotel’s dark secrets begin unravelling as does Jack’s mind. If you’ve never seen this horror classic you are missing out !
I watched Insidious at the cinema a while ago and it still gives me nightmares now. I certainly don’t want to trip trap through the tulips with the ghostly little boy. This movie based on possession and haunting is truly terrifying. The film tells the tale of a young family whose son mysteriously slips into a coma. The family is then haunted by demons from the hellish realm known as ‘The Further’. If one movie is not enough then you have Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and The Last Key to keep you busy.
What’s more frightening than evil kids in the attic and a boogie man ? Sinister gives me the absolute chills, although I’m not sure which is more scary the ghostly serial killer or Ethan Hawke’s cardigan. Looking for inspiration, true-crime writer Ellison Oswald moves his family into a house where the murder of another family recently took place. He soon finds film footage of the murders and when supernatural things start happening he realises his whole family could be in danger. You will need a fairly large pillow for all the jumping you will do watching this ! If you enjoy this movie then you could follow-up with Sinister 2 which is equally as chilling.
I’ve only ever been able to watch this movie once, I watched it at the cinema and I swear I didn’t move or breath it was that tense. The Strangers tells the story of couple Kristen and James who are expecting a nice relaxing break at their family vacation home. When three masked strangers turn up to torture them things quickly become terrifying. The combination of people in masks and utter violence had me on edge the whole way through the movie. It’s such a tense and frightening watch.
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