Staying at home this Halloween to do the respectable thing and hand out candy at your door? Well you don’t have to miss out on the Halloween fun! Put on a costume, get your bowl of candy ready and pop these scary movies into Netflix, your DVD player, or stream online.
Every movie I have watched and loved – but beware! They are not for the faint hearted!
Trick R Treat
This movie is five interwoven stories connected together by one thing – Halloween. A high school principal lives out his life as a serial killer, a college woman (the wonderful Anna Pacquin!) is torn between love and destiny, a group of teenagers pull a mean prank, a woman contends with her holiday-obsessed husband, and a man with a dark reason meets his match with an adorable demonic pumpkin-headed trick or treater.
It’s gory, cute and terribly twisted, and will sure to scare the pants off your costume!
Starring everyone’s favourite gal Lauren Cohen (Maggie from The Walking Dead), an American nanny escapes a dark past to an English countryside, only to find out her charge is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules regarding the doll’s care, she becomes the witness of a series of disturbing events that make her believe the doll is actually alive.
With a twist I honestly didn’t see, and the presence of my favourite Maggie, I really liked The Boy. It’s not gruesome, but it’s creepy and has quite a few cut scenes that will make you jump.
Bride of Chucky
Chucky – the doll that is possessed by an evil serial killer – is my favourite horror movie franchise because it’s ridiculous, crude and bloody, but the Bride of Chucky has a gothic undertone that rises it above the other movies in the series.
The spirit of Chucky is revised by his super cool and super gothic ex-girlfriend Tiffany (played by the amazing Jennifer Tilly) who wants to “play” with him. Annoyed with her imprisoning him, he kills Tiffany and puts her spirit in the doll of a Bride, who she promptly makes over (into the best doll I’ve ever seen!) and joins him on a killing spree.
Drag me to Hell
This movie is my husband’s favourite horror movie. Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long and directed by Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead) this movie centres around a polite and friendly loan officer who evicts an old gypsy from her home, only to find herself the recipient of a gypsy curse. As she follows the supernatural signs to try and save her soul, evil pushes her to breaking point.
It’s an interesting concept, well produced and acted, and chilling to the bone!
The Evil Dead
I’m talking the original with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, but the remake is just as scary albeit more gruesome than the original. The premise of the story is that five friends travel to spend some time at a dilapidated cabin in the woods where they release possessive demons that hunt and take over their bodies one by one.
The Evil Dead is excellent – any movie that would include a full scene entirely in claymation is – but it’s spooky and not too gory and well acted. Bruce Campbell’s acting in the scene with his possessed hand is the best I’ve ever seen, and his transformation into chainsaw-wielding Ash is epic!
The Cabin In The Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is probably the best movie to watch before you are about to go to bed because it’s not scary enough to give you nightmares, but scary enough to count. This movie is half comedy half horror and was created by the mind of the well-loved Joss Whedon. He actually made the first scenes of the movie to make people feel like they had walked in to the wrong cinema!
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they discover that they are being manipulated into becoming the perfect victims. They unleash horrors that hunt them one by one, but they discover the secret behind the cabin is more disturbing than they ever imagined.
Well, I know what I will be doing this Halloween – what are you going to watch? If you haver any recommendations for horror movies I am all ears so leave your messages in the comment section below! Enjoy being scared witless!