Halloween Favourites

Posted October 31, 2023 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 3 Comments

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Top Ten Twelve Halloween Favourites

Gosh, it’s been an age since I’ve done a TTT post (or posted anything at all, come to think of it) but it’s only fitting I jump back in on this most sacred of days! Halloween is my favourite holiday, despite not ever really doing anything for it except watch scary movies, read horror novels, well you get the picture…

This week’s TTT prompt is a Halloween freebie so instead of listing my favourite spooky reads like I would normally do, I’ve decided to branch out a bit and include my favourite scary films, games, and yes, books that make me think about this time of year.

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Books:

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Salem’s Lot by Stephen King | Darkhouse by Karina Halle | The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham | A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

An eclectic mix, for sure but these books all scared the crap out of me at various stages of my life. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King was one of the first adult horror books I read and it sure made an impression on me (only topped by IT but I’ve talked about that book a lot on the blog before so I won’t bore you all again!) Darkhouse by Karina Halle was a book that genuinely scared me after a long time of not really reading horror (and when I did it rarely scared me). The Midwich Cuckoos is a classic for a reason – so unsettling! A Light Amongst Shadows was also a more recent horror I read and I loved it – the whole series is so good!

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Movies:

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Scream | Halloween | Sinister | Ring

I went with Scream rather that Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (even though it’s one of all-time favourites). Scream was just such a clever movie and breathed new life into the horror genre that had started to go a bit stale by the 1990s. Halloween is, of course, an absolute classic that was always going to make it onto this list! I debated between Sinister and The Conjuring (both excellent films) but Sinister just nudged it out of the way for being so darn unsettling. I also couldn’t not include Ring (the original Japanese version though the US remake is still pretty great too) as it really ignited by love for Japanese horror.

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Games:

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Project Zero | Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem | Resident Evil 2 | Silent Hill 2

Project Zero (called Fatal Frame in other parts of the world) was such a gem of a horror game. You didn’t fight the ghosts – you vanquished them by taking pictures which was such a neat concept. Eternal Darkness was a game that seemed to get little in the way of fanfare but it was a great game and genuinely scary in places! I also just had to include the Resident Evil series and number 2 was my absolute favourite of them all. I would also be remiss not to also include Silent Hill 2 – one of the scariest game experiences ever (though if P.T. had ever come to fruition it might have been toppled from its spot – the teaser alone was terrifying!) 😉

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