The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning orange and a chilly wind blows through the rainy streets… It’s almost Halloween! A good excuse to list some of my favorite horror movies. What is Halloween without a good fright, right? Even if you have seen some (or most) of these movies before, I think all of these are worth a re-watch. Ready for some good scares? Here we go!
Plot summary: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. (source: IMDB)
This movie is the number 10 on my list because frankly, I haven’t seen it yet. But what is Halloween without a Halloween movie? This is the eleventh (!) movie in the Halloween franchise. It just came out and to my surprise, it looks promising! Featuring the ultimate scream-queen Jamie Lee Curtis, what could possibly go wrong? Playing in cinemas now, this is guaranteed to be a blockbuster.
Plot summary: For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind. (source: IMDB)
Hauntings passed on like an STD is possibly the weirdest storyline ever, but it’s effective. This story gives a whole different meaning to safe sex! It’s creative, filmed brilliantly and absolutely terrifying.
Plot summary: On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? (source: IMDB)
Ooooh Freddy, the ultimate Horror badguy who fuelled my love for horror when I was a kid. Don’t watch the 2010 remake, just stick with Wes Craven’s original!
Plot summary: After recent cases of disappearing local kids in the town of Derry, Maine, IT follows a group of kids dubbed “The Losers’ Club” in the summer of 1989 and their discovery and scary encounters of a shape-shifting demonic entity, known to return every 27 years and preys on your own personal fears. (source: IMDB)
Although I still prefer the original, there is no way I could leave this out of the best-horror-movies-for-Halloween list. This new take on Stephen King’s “It” is truly frightning and it has everything you need for a scary Halloween.
Plot summary: Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the “Shining”, to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel.(source: IMDB)
HEEEERE’S JOHNNY! This movie -based on the novel by Stephen King- never gets old. Even after nearly 40 years, it’s scary, it’s brilliant and it deserves a proper rewatch!
Plot summary: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son Simón starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.(source: IMDB)
A clever and quietly chilling spanish movie produced by Guillermo Del Toro. There is an insane intensity to this ghost story that may have changed the haunted-house genre forever.
Plot summary: Amelia, a widow, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel’s constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn’t help her cause. One night, Samuel insists that she read him a mysterious book titled “the Babadook” which depicts a sinister presence invading a home. She soon discovers that this childrens book character may be a sinister presence lurking around her home. (source: IMDB)
I don’t say this lightly, but this movie is scary. Very, very scary. This is not your typical Hollywood-scary-movie, but instead it taps straight into the basal emotion of fear.
Plot summary: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.. (source: IMDB)
Possibly the most talked over horror movie of 2017. Controversial to say the least and still an instant classic. If you missed it, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to make up for that.
Plot summary: Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong. (source: IMDB)
A Quiet Place is definitely one of the best horror movies that came out this year, if not, thé best. The silence in the movie is terribly effective, and every little sound keeps you at the edge of your seat. This movie is so tense, I actually held my breath on a few occasions! Turn off everything that can possibly make a sound and enjoy.
Plot summary: The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan…but then his body disappears… (source: IMDB)
This french classic just has to be my all-time favorite! A superb combination of thriller and horror with a very, very unexpected ending. Did you know this was a huge inspiration for Psycho? If you can get your hands on this one you should definitely watch it this Halloween weekend!
Have a frightful Halloween and before you go, what’s YOUR favorite scary movie?