I am a huge fan of horror films – the scarier the better! Halloween is a perfect time to curl up with a loved one (or by yourself if you are brave!) and watch a spooky film or two. Here is a list of my top ten horror films (just personal opinion – I know there are a ton of amazingly scary films out there).
10. Stir of Echoes
This film really suffered due to the fact that it came out roughly the same time as The Sixth Sense but I actually think it is a better crafted film and definitely a lot scarier.
9. The Conjuring
Probably the newest film on this list but definitely worth a spot in my book. Genuinely creepy and chilling – made even more so by the fact it is based on a true story.
8. The Grudge
I have seen the original version and enjoyed it but I find the remake with Sarah Michelle Gellar to be far more unsettling. I went to see this at the cinema and I was completely creeped out even though the screening was packed! I still have to watch certain parts of the film through my fingers.
7. The Evil Dead
The original of course (although to be fair the recent remake wasn’t bad). This film is a classic for a reason – it is very, very scary and gave me nightmares about the woods when I was younger (to be fair I was probably way too young to watch this at the time).
6. Dawn of the Dead
I enjoy both the original George A. Romero version and the remake but the original is arguably the better film. I love zombie films (like really, really love zombie films) and this one is my favourite.
5. Nightmare on Elm Street
Despite the fact that its many sequels descended into outright campiness, the first film is genuinely frightening. I really cannot think of anything worse than a deranged serial killer who stalks your very nightmares *shivers*.
Technically, this adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is a miniseries but I only ever saw it after it was released on VHS (yup VHS 😉 ). A killer who preys on children who can take the form of anything but prefers to appear as a scary-ass clown? That’s nightmare fodder right there – and the book is even worse, trust me on this!
3. The Shining
Another Stephen King adaptation, this one strays quite far from the book in a lot of ways but it really is a mindf***k of a film. It has a very tense and claustrophobic atmosphere and is absolutely bloody terrifying!
I watched this film when I was very young and it really is one of the most scary horror films ever made in my humble opinion. The whole stalking thing really creeped me out as a youngster, the idea of being watched like that still gives me a case of the shivers. This film is definitely not one to watch alone.
1. The Exorcist
The granddaddy of horror films, I actually saw this when I was about seventeen when it was re-released at the cinema. I wasn’t expecting to be that impressed (considering I was a bit of a horror aficionado at the time) but this is a deeply unsettling film that deserves all the hype. Banned for many years in the UK as a ‘video nasty’ really has given it a huge cult following – and I can see why.
Hellraiser; The Wicker Man; The Others; The Descent; The Blair Witch Project; The Omen; Don’t Look Now; Psycho; 28 Days Later; Black Christmas; Night of the Living Dead; Ring; An American Werewolf in London; Pet Sematary.