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October is one of my favorite months ever. I enjoy the cool weather, the changing leaves, and of course, Halloween. It’s also probably the only time of the year where it’s mandatory to watch horror flicks, and for me that’s just perfection. I love me some scary movies, and decided to make a top 10 list of the ones that enthrall and scare me the most. If you’re still trying to get into the mindset for the scariest month of the year, give these a shot for sure:
Some people scoff when they hear that a horror movie is based on true events, dismissing it as an exaggeration in order to amp up the scare factor. For people like me, it makes the events of the movie 10x scarier, and The Conjuring knocks it out of the park when it comes to thrills. This film gets its scares through built tension, and suspense, not blood and gore, and will make you jump every time you hear a person clap for months to come.
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This one definitely is more of a thriller than a straight up horror movie, but it gets in your head and slowly takes over. Stanly Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel is directed to perfection, depicting a man’s descent into madness that will make you question your own sanity. Now whenever anyone says, “Redrum”, I get the chills.
Insidious terrified me in theaters, but then demons and ghosts are the scariest horror creatures ever. You can’t find them, you can’t run from them, you can’t hide. So when a red-faced demon decides to set its sights on you, there’s not much you can do about it but face it head on. As for me, I’ll be cowering in the corner with my popcorn and happy thoughts…
Why are children so inherently creepy? Probably because of The Omen, a movie that came years before Sinister, but also featured a child as the vessel for a demonic entity. This slow burner starts you off small and goes out with a terrifying bang. The recent sequel really lacked the heart that its predecessor possessed (heh), so stick with this one for sure.
This movie is actually a remake of the foreign film Let the Right One In, which is also amazing in its own right. With the vampire craze coming to a head in 2010, Let Me In offered a chillingly refreshing vision of a romance narrative involving vampires. Again, it stars younger children—I can’t figure out why this is creepy, but it totally is—and really turns the stereotypical vampire horror/romance on its head, and will leave you sleepless at the same time.
Before he was the caped crusader, Christian Bale played Patrick Bateman, the savage Wall Street serial killer. He gives a knockout performance in the role, which only adds to the creepiness of the movie, as Bateman descends into madness, taking anyone he can with him on his one-way ticket to hell.
The Descent is horrifying on two levels—the movie starts with a group of cave divers getting themselves trapped in an incredibly confusing and claustrophobic labyrinth of caves, which is scary enough. I tend to get claustrophobic, and this film will make you feel as though you’re suffocating in a cave with these characters. Throw in some flesh-eating humanoid cave creatures and you’ve got terror on a whole new level.
Probably the strangest movie on this list, It Follows is a unique horror film that relies neither on jump scares, nor blood and gore. The tone and atmosphere of the movie is what makes it so scary, and the drone-like movement of the “followers” is beyond frightening. Many people I know thought this movie was incredibly boring, and the others thought it was incredibly scary. Saying too much about the film will ruin it, so go see for yourself.
Interweaving a past childhood narrative with the present day, Oculus connects past with present to bring the story of an old, enchanted mirror full-circle. There’s something off about this particular mirror, and it make people behave erratically and unthinkably. The tragedy reveal at the end of the movie is what did this for me.
This film is absolutely horrifying. For me, it’s the epitome of terror in that it’s a scenario that is plausible enough to happen in real life, and represents the worst humanity has to offer. The movie isn’t the most critically acclaimed one on this list, but for me it’s the scariest because of the performances given by the victims, namely Liv Tyler. This one definitely made me a little nervous every time there’s a knock at the door past sundown.
In no particular order, these are my personal favorites! Enjoy the thrills.
A rising Junior at Brandeis University, studying English and Creative Writing, with a particular interest in screenwriting. During the breaks in between attending classes, I enjoy fishing on Cape Cod, working on my movie project, reading favorite novels, and catching up with friends.