Top 5 Scary Films for Halloween
You don’t have to party for Halloween. Stay indoors in the warm, get a good takeaway, and run a Halloween scary film marathon. Here are my top five films to scare you witless…
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Kitsch, spooky, hilarious and sing-a-long. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a brilliant starter for Halloween. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you’re sure to know the songs. Plus, Tim Curry has the most fantastic legs I ever did see.
The film with one of the most famous lines in all of movie history, this adaptation of a Stephen King novel is terrifying and haunting, no matter how old it is. Jack Nicholson’s performance is brilliant, and that trike going round and round still gives me the heebie-jeebies. The Shining is set in a remote hotel in the middle of Winter, and the Baddie in this story is the human imagination and what can happen when you’re isolated from reality. It’s chilling stuff.
The Saw films have set the bar for gore-fest films in the latter years, and it’s the first one that continues to gross me out completely. If you’re not into blood and guts and icky stuff, you might want to avoid this. The premise is simple: to get out alive, the victims of the serial killer “Jigsaw” must complete tasks and abide by certain rules. But these are games that push human resilience to the limit, and have devastating consequences… I feel like the first Saw is the only one to have a truly clever plot – I say this tenuously as it doesn’t have much of one, but definitely more than the later Saw films and the opening scene with the two men in a room with a dead body and no explanation is a brilliant opening for a gory horror.
I don’t know about you but no matter how many times I watch The Exorcist it still freaks me out. This is one of the most terrifying films known to man. One for towards the end of the night when the bottle of wine is nearly gone and it’s really dark outside.
I’m a complete sucker for zombie flicks. Which means that no Halloween film marathon is complete without a zombie film. It was a toss-up between Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead and Evil Dead 2, and Evil Dead won because of the pure hilarity of it. If you’ve never seen it, now is the perfect time. A Sam Raimi flick, this brings horror-comedy to a new level. “Send. More. Paramedics.”
What scary films will you be watching this Halloween?