6 Scary Movies You Should Check Out This Halloween

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The spooky season is here! We wanted to recommend some horror movies for you all to watch and scare yourselves silly with! (That's what Halloween is all about, right?) There are so many scary films out there, but we've managed to narrow it down to a list of just six! So, prepare yourselves and enjoy! - and try not to have any nightmares... 

 

1) THE OMEN (1976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie uses a typical troupe of horror, and that is – creepy children. There’s just something about horror movies that involve children that make them seem even scarier than usual…

Story: Robert Thorn is a wealthy American diplomat. He adopts a baby (Damien) when his wife delivers a stillborn child. As Damian grows up, the family are surrounded by mysterious and ominous deaths. As more and more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien's background and realises his adopted son might be the Antichrist…

What makes this film even scarier is that the production was rumoured to be cursed. One time, the crew had planned to charter a plane to get aerial shots, but switched last minute due to scheduling conflicts – that original plane ended up crashing, killing everyone on it. Director Richard Donner’s hotel was bombed the day after they shot the safari park scene. Plus numerous other eerie happenings took place…

Everything about this movie just screams creepy. All I will say is, after watching this movie, the name ‘Damien’ and the number ‘666’ will never be the same for you again… (Sorry if you’re called Damian)

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

2) THE SHINING (1980)

“Heeeeeeere’s JOHNNY!” – the chilling words growled by Jack Torrence as he hacks into the bathroom door with an axe, terrifying his cowering wife inside the room. One of the most famous scenes in cinematic history - even those who have yet to watch this horror know that moment well.

Story: Jack, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel. He settles in with his wife and his son - who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and his son’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

If you like horror movies that mess with your head, then this is a one for you. As Jack spirals into the loss of his mind, you question what is real and what isn’t. The early 80s vibe gives the film an extra eerie feel, plus (once again), creepy children are added to the mix. Jack Nicholson’s performance is on top form and it is said that both he and the director (Stanley Kubrick) tormented the actress playing his wife on set. They wanted to make sure that she was genuinely scared when filming – so all her cries for help in the movie are real! (Talk about traumatic...)

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

3) SCREAM (1996)

The first in a series of cult films, Scream is pretty much a parody of scary movies. It’s a genius combination of funny, but actually scary at the same time.

Story: Scream follows the character of Sidney Prescott, a high school student, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer known as Ghostface. The identity of the killer is unknown, and when the school shuts pending an investigation, the students (naturally) hold a house party. Multiple gruesome and violent murders take place – nobody is safe.

The film combines black comedy, “whodunnit” mystery and the slasher genre, to satirise clichés of the horror movie genre. With the humour added into the movie, you’d expect the identity of the killer to be obvious. But the story takes so many surprising turns and becomes so messed up, that you’re left not knowing whom to trust.

With a big cast full of well-known actors – Drew Barrymore and Courtney Cox to name a few – there is a lot to take in in this film. It's a good watch if you are bored of cliché horror movie rules. (Although, if you’re squeamish in any way way, you might want to looks away…)

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

4) THE DESCENT (2005)

The Descent is a claustrophobic, visual experience, that’ll make you think twice about potholing anytime in the near future.

Story: A year on from a traumatic accident, Sarah and her friends decide to take part in a spelunking adventure through caves in North Carolina. During their underground expedition, a narrow passage collapses and entombs them within the caverns. To make matters even worse, they are not alone down there…

During this tense scene - around 20 minutes in - one of the characters says the line “The worst thing that can happen to you has already happened”. Ironically, she doesn’t realize that the worst is actually yet to come.

Intense, dark and genuinely terrifying in places, The Descent will have you holding your breath and tensing the whole way through. (Warning: this movie is a claustrophobic person’s worst nightmare!)

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

5) HOSTEL (2005)

Hostel is a film supposedly ‘based on true events’. It was made for the miniscule budget of $4.8 million, but made $80.6 million at the box office (most likely due to having Quentin Tarantino attached to it with an Executive Producer credit.)

Story: The premise is simple, backpackers are lured to an elusive Hostel in Slovakia with the promise of sex, drugs and debauchery, only to be kidnapped and sold to people with much worse intentions.

This film is the definition of gory; torture, blood, guts, corpses - basically the stuff of nightmares. While you may cringe in certain places (the portrayal of Slovakia is certainly questionable), the gritty realism is something that will certainly keep you up at night. This film is not for the faint-hearted and is very likely to put you off your popcorn...

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

6) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

Tobe Hooper, a rookie director, ventured out into the sticks of Texas with a group of unknown actors to make a horror film. After a number of issues with filming and budget, they produced what is renowned as the most iconic horror film ever made.

Almost four decades later, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still holds a status as one of the cult classics in the history of horror films.

Story: When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her brother Franklin set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

The film was banned outright in several countries due to its obscene imagery, but despite this notion, much of its violence takes place off-screen; Hooper pushed for a PG-rating, so there is almost no blood shown in the film (surprisingly). 

Credited as one of the key influences for many horror movies you’ll see today, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one to check out this Halloween.

[Watch the trailer HERE]

 

So, there you go! Six creepy horror movies for you to take your pick from. Grab your snacks, get your friends together and emerse yourself in these scary films (or if you're really brave, face it alone). 

 

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