I thought this would be a very apt post for the lead up to the big day of Halloween because one thing I really love to do either on actual Halloween or in the lead up to it is have a scary movie marathon. I thought I’d share my top ten favourite scary films with you as I’m a massive lover of them. Some of these are not really that scary at all but they’re all perfect to watch on Halloween. I’ve watched SO many, it was actually really hard to filter it down to just ten but these are the ones that made the final cut.
“For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.”
This just had to be at number one because it’s my favourite film of all time. It’s not your typical horror film as it’s actually a Disney film but it’s definitely creepy in its own way. You follow a character called Jack Skellington from Halloweentown who comes across a place called Christmastown and is curious about the things he discovers. He comes to the decision that he wants to kidnap Santa and take over Christmas. This film is especially great because you can watch it at Halloween as well as Christmas so it fits both of my favourite days. This film is so visually beautiful and there’s a lovely little non-typical love story thrown in there as well. If you haven’t seen this film, stop everything now and go and watch it!
“Wendy? Darling? Light of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just gonna bash your brains in.”
This film is one that absolutely creeps me out to no end but yet I’ve still watched it several times because I can’t help but love it. I just love how Stanley Kubrick tells this story, originally written by Stephen King, in his own creative way. Jack Nicholson plays a caretaker that moves into an isolated hotel for the winter season with his wife and son. He is hoping to get a lot of work done as he’s a writer but he gets writer’s block and ends up getting cabin fever to the absolute extreme – to put it very lightly. He winds up becoming homicidal and wanting to kill his own family. Now, I’m sure a lot of us suffer from writer’s block but thankfully not to this length. I don’t want to reveal too much but this film keeps me SO on edge the entire time even though I know what’s going to happen. Jack Nicholson’s acting is incredible in this, if you like a really tense film this is definitely one for you.
“I suppose that is the worst part of it all. You live with the notion that the thing that causes you the most terror could come back at any time.”
Okay, so this is one of those extremely messed up films (think ‘The Human Centipede’) that will make you feel mega uncomfortable and pretty disgusted. For some odd reason though I seem to have an interest in watching these strange films just because they’re so different. I actually really like the concept of this film; three college students set out to document peoples’ biggest fears but things take a really awful turn as they play on these fears in some really sick ways. I can’t say much more without spoiling anything but this definitely isn’t one for those with a sensitive stomach. I don’t get grossed out very easily but this was a close contender.
“Somebody like you can really make things all right for me.”
This is another film that’s definitely up there in my top five of all time. It’s not really your typical horror as such but there’s definitely some really terrifying and shocking parts. The film is based on drug addiction and the negative effects it can have. It follows four different characters’ stories who are all linked together in some way. This is different to anything I’ve ever seen and is heart-breaking because every character thinks they’re doing themselves good but can’t see the damage that they’re causing themselves. This film also has one of my favourite acting scenes ever which is a monologue by one of the main characters, Sara Goldfarb. The soundtrack is pretty incredible and it’s filmed and put together so creatively. It’s so hard to talk about films without ruining it for those that haven’t seen it yet but it never fails to make me cry every time and it constantly keeps you biting your nails from the sheer tension.
“Do you know why you’re afraid when you’re alone?”
This film follows the story of a little boy called Cole that can see ghosts and a child psychologist visits him to try and help him live with this pretty scary ability. It’s an incredibly popular film and well-known for its major plot twist, I can’t go into that without giving everything away but if you love a shocking reveal then look no further. There’s some really creepy, suspenseful bits and it’s one of those typical horror films that will have you hiding behind a blanket. This is something you’ll want to watch a second time and wonder how you never saw the ending coming.
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
This is another really famous horror film that follows an FBI training student called Clarice. She is given the job of interviewing Dr Hannibal Lecter who has been jailed for countless acts of murder and cannibalism – all in a day’s work, right? They believe that Clarice will be the one to get him to reveal all of his secrets and help them to find another criminal, Buffalo Bill. This is a psychological thriller and these always get to me much more than any gory or jump-scare type of film. It really plays with your head because you’re trying to work out what you think is going to happen and trying to figure out the mind games that Hannibal plays with Clarice. I think what I love most about this has got to be the acting from Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal), he’s so creepy and scheming that it sticks with you long after the film is over.
“You just have to fight for yourself; no one’s going to save you. That’s just life, right?”
This is a Japanese film about a class of school children that are gassed on their way to a trip. They all wake up in a room with no idea of where they are and are all wearing electronic collars – not exactly the quiet little museum trip they might’ve been expecting. It is explained that they will be taking part in a game called Battle Royale; the rules are that they have three days to kill each other until one student is left. There are many different stories that happen throughout the duration of the game such as friends turning against each other, people killing themselves and even a tragic love story. It’s actually suggested that the idea of The Hunger Games comes from this because it’s such a similar concept except this film is a lot more horrific. It’s really interesting to see how different characters change given the circumstances they’ve been unwillingly put into. This one is a bit of a gory one so if that’s your thing, Battle Royale is for you.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
Come on, I just had to throw Harry Potter into the mix. When I watched the earlier films as a kid I used to get so spooked and admittedly every time Lord Voldemort reveals himself, I’m still shook. He’s a creepy guy, what can I say? Harry Potter is just perfect for watching around Halloween time; cauldrons, magic spells, Halloween feasts and mythical creatures. My favourites for Halloween will always be the first two films because they’re so nostalgic to my childhood and in my opinion, Professor Quirrell is just as creepy as your typical Chucky doll or Freddy Kruger.
“If I tell you I love you, can I keep you forever?”
Casper is a childhood favourite of mine that I used to watch over and over again, rewinding my VHS tape back to the start countless times. It’s basically about a friendly ghost that haunts a mansion that a man and his daughter have just moved into. The daughter, Kat ends up falling in love with Casper which proves to be a bit of a tricky situation considering Casper is a ghost. They try to find a way to make him a human again but Casper’s mischievous Uncles make this even more of a challenging task. This film is so hilarious and heart-warming, it’s hard not to love it. It’s a great one for the younger kids on Halloween.
“I don’t think I’ve got it in me to shoot my flatmate, my mum and my girlfriend all in the same evening.”
This film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost so you already know it’s going to be hilarious. This is about a town that’s suddenly overtaken by zombies; the main character, Shaun tries to protect the woman he loves as well as his mother and is accompanied by his best friend, Ed. He’s also trying to win back said woman which is quite a lot to take on when you’re swarmed by flesh-eating zombies. The black comedy in this film is amazing, this is a great one for watching with your friends and a pizza. If you’re not big on actually being freaked out, this is a good choice because all the gags distract you from anything remotely creepy.
So those are my top ten horror films, I tried to choose a bit of a mixture so that there’s something there that everyone will love. What I want to know is what’s your favourite horror film? I hope you have an amazing Halloween, let me know what you’re getting up to in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading, especially if you’ve stuck with me throughout Blogtober as it’s been somewhat exhausting but SO enjoyable! Bring on Blogmas, I’m so ready for the Christmas jumpers.