It is Halloween today! Personally I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday and not because I’m a scaredy cat but because it all seems a little silly to me now. It was fun when I was younger but now it all just seems… overrated. Or maybe I’m just in a bad mood this year.
Despite that, I have decided to bring you a Halloween themed post because I’m nice like that. Today I am listing my top ten “halloween” movies. For me, this is more or less psychological thrillers as opposed to horrors because I find horrors too funny to take seriously and find them scary, but shove a derranged human on screen and I’m running for the door. That stuff could actually happen, you know? Hope you enjoy these films as much as I do!
(pssst. They’re in no particular order, okay?)
Identity (2003); I watched this film when I was doing my Film A-Levels and I really enjoyed it. I was super transfixed on it and found it to be a really interesting film that can definitely make your heart race!
Secret Window (2004); Okay, I was obssessed with Johnny Depp and then I did a portfolio on his work for A Levels so naturally I had to watch ALL his films. This is one that was truly creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat. A must watch if you haven’t seen it (and you like JD!)
Paranormal Activity (2007); Probably the only actual horror film you’ll find on this list. I wasn’t so much terrified of this film as just feel that it’s one horror film that just worked well. And, admittedly, I did get pretty freaked towards the end of the film. I’m sure you know what I mean if you’ve seen it!
Shutter Island (2010); This film is incredible. It’s very intense, and keeps your curiosity piqued throughout and then it has one of the best ambiguous endings ever. Definitely a film that I would happily watch over and over – you know, when I want to freak myself out a little bit.
Black Swan (2010); Yet another absolutely fantastic film and one that I really want to go and congratulate the cast and crew personally for. It was intense, spectacular, and really, really, creeped me out while also just being a fabuluous film with a great storyline.
Children of Men (2006); This film definitely sits more in the thriller/action genre but it is one that is sure to get your heart racing. It is a very intriguing film that I really love and have watched a fair few times now.
Source Code (2011); What a brilliant piece of filmmaking! The storyline of this film is really complex and it is just such a fantastic film that I really love. I have yet to re-watch this one but I will do so soon because it is really, really good.
28 Days Later (2002); Zombies. Destruction. Waking up alone. Really, what’s not to love? This film is intense, well-filmed, and really makes you think about what you would do if you were to wake up and find that you are, potentially, the only human being left alive.
Let the Right One In (2008); This film is incredibly beautiful. I know horror movies are not designed to be described as beautiful but this one definitely is. The cinematography in this film is just so perfect. The story is intensely creepy and yet I still love it. But if you really can’t stand subtitles, you can try watching the American version Let Me In, but I can promise you that it’s no where near as good.
Dreamcatcher (2003); This is one of the first Stephen King horror adaptations that I ever watched (and I was probably 14?) but I truly loved it. It is one that I did find hysterically funny but because it is a film that has stayed with me, I HAD to include it with this list. I loved the idea of this film, no matter how disturbing and odd it was. Let’s face it, Stephen King is a damned legend!
And that’s everything!
What about you? What are your favourite movies to watch for Halloween?