5 Spooktacular, Must-See Films for Halloween
Hiding your face behind a cushion, jumping out of your very skin when an unexpected twist comes out of nowhere, swapping glances with your friend when you’re just waiting for that high pitch, blood-curdling scream from the television.
Of course, I’m talking about horror movies! And what’s a better subject than horror movies when Halloween – one of the best excuses to beg for candy – is just around the corner? In this article, I’ll be sharing my ultimate favourite horror/chiller movies, and giving a short review on just what makes each one special…
1. Misery (1990)
Ah, Misery. What’s not to like about this classic psychological thriller? The story is all about an author who is saved in a car accident by a deranged number one fan… who also happens to be a nurse. However, as the film goes on, we find out just how obsessed Annie (the fan) is, when she keeps author Paul Sheldon captive and forces him into writing another book – and harming him when the outcomes do not meet her expectations. Misery is an eerie and chilling Stephen King classic. The reason I love this film? The actors are superb at playing the roles and the storyline is a winner. It’s no surprise that Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her role.
2. The Eye (2008)
Now, this film is one for those who enjoy being scared out of their skin, and feeling like their heart is about to explode through their chest! The Eye is all about blind violinist Sydney Wells, who has a cornea transplant after years of being completely blind. To begin with, everything is a blur… however, soon after the transplant, she begins to have violent hallucinations, which terrify Sydney, and make her question where her new set of eyes came from. I can definitely say this film had my heart racing after watching even just half an hour. I would recommend to those who enjoy a good jumpy scare.
3. What Lies Beneath (2000)
This is a film which both impressed and shocked me. What Lies Beneath is a chilling tale of a couple living in a beautiful lake house, when strange things begin to happen. Claire Spencer (played by the talented Michelle Pfeiffer) begins to feel that there is a spirit in their home, and tries to contact the dead using conjuring and Ouija boards. The story-line is full of unexpected twists (I don’t want to spoil anything for you!), but is very well put together. I would definitely recommend this movie to those who enjoy chillers (and not for those who hate bathtubs!…)
4. The Shining (1980)
Now we’re onto the topic of one of my favourite horrors of all time – The Shining! I can’t find many ways to fault this movie at all, apart from the effects being slightly dated (which is understandable, considering it’s 35 years old). The story is all about a young boy named Danny, who has psychic visions of what is going to happen in the future through his imaginary friend Tony. Danny is shocked and slightly nervous when his father – played by Jack Nicholson – goes for an interview at the Overlook Hotel, to be a caretaker there for the winter. Danny’s predictions are correct, and strange things begin to happen in the hotel. A violent, yet brilliantly horrific Stephen King adapted movie.
5. Cujo (1983)
I may seem to be going a bit heavy on the old Stephen King adaptations (call it an obsession if you must), but this one is definitely worth seeing. This tale is all about a dog who becomes sensitive to movement and sound after getting rabies from some bat bites. A mother and son struggle to stay alive in a boiling car, stranded and unable to escape due to the deadly dog being on the loose. A fabulous, bloody movie, full of action and violence.
So now you’ve read the reviews of these frightening films, go get a pillow, grab a friend, and watch them yourself! You’ll be glad you did!
Which classic Halloween flicks are you watching this year? Let us know in the comments.