Halloween is fast approaching, which means the window to watch the best horror films is rapidly closing. To save you time, and ensure you can spend every waking second eating your favourite candy in front of the TV. we’ve created a list for you. Here are the 10 best horror films you need to watch this weekend:
If you loved The Wicker Man, Midsommar will be right up your street. Hailed as the break-up film of the century, this gory masterpiece tells the story of Dani (played by the ever-so-talented Florence Pugh), recovering from the tragic death of her sister and parents. She accompanies her boyfriend and his friends to sunny Sweden, to celebrate the country’s ancient Midsommar festival. Though fascinating and seemingly idyllic at first, all is not what it seems. Step away from the TV if gore isn’t your thing though, this films get dark very quickly – and will definitely keep you up at night if you scare easily.
Now, I’ve not had the luck of seeing this film for myself yet – but I’ve heard great things. The latest release from the Halloween franchise (number 682, I think) is a direct follow on from the 2018 Halloween reboot, and chronicle’s the rest of the night after *spoiler ahead* Michael Myers’ most recent near-death experience (just how many times can these guys die and get right back up again?!). Though some critics have labelled it as too gory – it is a slasher film, so I’m not entirely sure what they expected – fans seem to love it and the heavy nostalgia featured, regularly referencing the decades-old movies. We 100% recommend you get to the cinema ASAP, so you get the chance to see Halloween Kills on the big screen!
You’ve got to admit, most horror films rely heavily on cliches these days. Oh look, there’s something behind you in the mirror, the killer isn’t really dead, let’s split up and explore this creepy abandoned house, and so on. The Cabin in the Woods explores every cliche going, but embraces them. It does for horror what Scary Movie didn’t, provides laughs without taking away the element of scare. The worst thing about this film is that, due to the sheer amount of twists and turns, I can’t tell you more about it! But, if you’re obsessed with horror, and enjoy mocking the genre you love – The Cabin in the Woods was made for you!
The Babysitter is a surprising entry to this list. On the surface, it appears corny, cliche and a little silly. In fact, it’s anything but. This film tells the story of Cole, a young boy who has a crush on his babysitter. Egged on by his friend, he stays up after dark to see what she gets up to after lights out. Sneaking a few friends over for a small party is to be expected of her in a film like this, but what happens next really isn’t. An amazing dark comedy, it truly is, in my opinion, one of the best horror films to be released in 2017. It had me cringing in some of the gorier scenes, sobbing – that was a surprise – at the end, and in stitches the whole way through. Definitely add it to your list if you’re looking for a light-hearted horror to watch this Halloween!
Some of the best horror films ever made originate from books – I mean, where would we be without films like IT?! Well, goodbye Stephen King, we’ve got a new favourite writer in town. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sees producer, Guillermo del Toro, bring Alvin Schwartz’s anthology of short stories to life. Inspired by folklore and urban legends, these CHILDREN’S?! (yes, we’re surprised too) stories were adapted to be told as one, avoiding being separated like other anthology horrors, such as Creepshow. Combining the stories united the main character’s, creating heroes out of the children and alluding to a sequel. Though the stories were originally written for children, I’d recommend watching this past their bedtime – trust me.
If you grew up in the 90s, I bet you saw this film – and I guarantee, if you did, you had nightmares for weeks. I know I certainly did. Though this Disney Channel Original premiered way back in 1999, it’s still just as terrifying for kids today. The story follows the life of teenager Frances and her imaginary friend. After getting blamed for a series of cruel pranks, she sets out to find the true culprit – only to discover it’s the boogeyman, who’s out to get her. A Disney film about an imaginary doesn’t exactly scream scary, does it? But trust me, you’ll be petrified for decades to come too!
I can hand-on-heart promise you that I will never watch this film again, as long as I live. Not that it isn’t a great film, but the scare factor is extreme – it really does live up to its name. The film opens with an interview with the severely injured sole survivor of a Halloween-night massacre, performed by the world’s creepiest clown. Less than 5 minutes in, we’re already met with our first gruesome murder. After stalking two drunk women home from a Halloween party, Art the Clown prepares to torture and murder his poor victims. The harrowing scenes are beyond gruesome, not only filling you with dread but making you feel physically sick too. I’m a gore lover, but even I had to cover my eyes for certain parts. It really isn’t for the faint-hearted so, if you have a strong stomach and want to be genuinely scared this weekend, check it out!
Final Destination is one of those franchises that truly stands the test of time. Though I believe that the first three films are superior, you can easily watch all five films again and again without getting sick of them. Despite the amount of gore used in the movies (that sunbed scene will forever be burned – no pun intended – into my brain), the true horror is the realism of the situations. Most horror films are unbelievable, no one really goes about their day wondering if tonight’s the night they’re going to be murdered by a ghost. But plane crashes, slips in the shower and car accidents are so common and true to life, it’s scary. It sounds crazy, but I don’t know a single person that’s watched these films and comfortably driven behind a log truck after. It reminds us of the fact that life is short, death is coming for all of us, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
Who said you can’t watch a horror film and a musical at the same time?! If you love both of these genre’s, Sweeney Todd is your new best friend. Now, we all know that anything directed by Tim Burton is going to be curiously creepy and absolutely amazing, but this film truly is one of his masterpieces. Unsurprisingly, it stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, a melancholy pair who work as a barber (Depp) and a seller of the ‘worst pies in London’ (Bonham Carter) – though don’t ask what’s in the pies, you don’t want to know. The juxtaposition of the brutal murders and the bursts of sing-song makes this an interesting watch for any horror fan.
Long before it became a Tik Tok trend and Broadway Musical, Heathers first gained fame as an 80s cult classic. Exploring the highs and lows of adolescent life, this film explored in-depth subjects like high-school bullying, peer pressure and bad boyfriends – typical tropes of a high school movie, but with a little bit of murder thrown in. Starring horror icon, Winona Ryder, Heathers tells the story of Veronica (Ryder) and her relationship with her frenemies, the Heathers. After meeting the mysterious bad boy, JD (played by Christian Slater), the Heather’s start turning up dead in a series of unexpected suicides – and she’s next. Definitely give this one a watch if you want to experience true 80s nostalgia this weekend and, once Halloween is over, check out the musical adaption too!
So, there you have it. Whether you want to sing, laugh or cry – we’ve got a film for you! And we’ve even listed one you can watch with the kids, Halloween really can be an occasion that anyone can enjoy – whether you love scary movies or not!
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