5 Great Horror Films To Watch On Halloween: Part 2

Seeing as it is Halloween soon I thought that it would be fitting to give another list of, what I consider, to be great horror films. Watch these on your Halloween night and it is sure to be an enjoyable, yet terrifying one. This list compiles horror films from a wide range in the genre, so it is likely that it will contain something that will give your spine a shiver.

Film Type: Creepy Classic

Psycho 1960

Where would horror be today if Alfred Hitchcock had not decided to take on directorial duties? Thankfully we don’t have ponder that question, as he created many masterpieces in his time; including the film which will have inspired many horror directors after him, Psycho. Anthony Perkins takes on the role of the infamous Norman Bates, a lonely motel owner who is slightly too attached to his eerie mother. When beautiful women check into Bates’ motel, they don’t usually check out. Perkins gives a stellar performance here, as he convinces the audience that underneath that shy persona a psychopathic mentality lurks, just waiting to strike at his next available victim. Psycho is a complete classic all round, will probably be in most horror fans film collections and contains one of the most famous shower scenes in cinema history. Janet Leigh never saw that knife coming.

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Film Type: Uncanny Undead

Dawn of the Dead 1978

The second in the Godfather of Gore, George A. Romero’s, dead trilogy; and predecessor to the film which shaped zombie films today, Night of the Living Dead. Where the first in the trilogy introduced us to these flesh-eating ghouls, Dawn of the Dead was much more character driven and the make-up effects were just spectacular, even though most of the undead did appear blue. Zombies have already risen and two soldiers, with a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend team up to secure a mall to wait out the on coming hoards. From beginning to end this film is enjoyable, not only does it have great a story, characters and make-up but it also brings that creepy 70s vintage film vibe that adds a lot to the atmosphere.

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Film Type: Sinister Supernatural

The Evil Dead1981

The demonic low-budget horror film which, along with its two sequels, has become one of the biggest films in the cult arena. B-Movie superstar Bruce Campbell stars as Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams, as he, his girlfriend and their three friends travel to a cabin in the woods for a night of debauchery. Unfortunately the festivities are cut short as one of the members of the group reads from the Necronomicon; an ancient evil book that is bound in human flesh and written in human blood. From that moment on a demonic force is released and goes on to take control of the various members of the group, forcing them to try to kill their friends. Buckets of blood, amazing make-up that will turn your stomach and cheesy one-liners make this a film one that you will never forget. Oh, and there’s the tree scene, no explanation needed…just watch it.

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Film Type: Eerie Extraterrestrials

The Thing1982
Master of horror John Carpenter has given us some amazing flicks over the years; such as Halloween in 1978 and The Fog in 1980. However, there is one film from this director that was leaps and bounds above what anyone expected it to be – The Thing. Based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr., the plot is that a crew working out in Antarctica find an odd frozen creature at a Norwegian outpost, after they take it back with them and it thaws out it takes the form of any person it can come into contact with. The audience, along with the characters, never know who truly is the alien and who isn’t; you find out quite suddenly though when it starts attacking you as its body morph into all kinds of nasty creatures. The Thing is praised for having effects which were way ahead of its time, and also one of the most suspenseful blood testing scenes ever.

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Film Type: Macabre Monsters

The Descent2005

This British horror from Neil Marshall really gives you that feeling of claustrophobia, as six women decide to take a trip caving and get trapped underground. What they don’t know is that this particular cave just so happens to house flesh-eating humanoids; creatures who have adapted to the dark and will tear at and eat any fresh meat they can find. The Descent plays on the creepy vibe so well, firstly by making you feel trapped in the caves with the characters, but even before the cave-in as it casually shows you the creatures lurking in the distance. The scene that makes this one of my favourites though is after the girls realise the trouble they are in, in the dark one of the group puts on the night-vision camera, and as we look through it a scare happens which I have never forgotten; no matter how many times I’ve watched it.

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Happy Halloween.

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5 Great Horror Films to Watch on Halloween

What better for the first post on my new horror blog, than one detailing some great shockers which will have you biting your nails until the break of dawn. I tried to pick some classics and a few more recent flicks to give you a varied choice.

1. The Exorcist 1973

The film which shocked so many audiences in the early seventies, so much so that cinemas actually gave out barf-bags to customers to stop them throwing up all over their floors. A young girl, Regan, has been possessed by a violent demon, which refuses to leave her alone. So her mother requests help from two priests. However this seems to make things worse – even though it does make for some great scenes, including a backwards crab walk. Although the exorcism story line has been done to death these days, back then it was brand new to the horror genre; that probably being the reason why it terrified the world over, along with the repetition of the word c*** from a little girl’s mouth. It still sends the same chills down your spine as it did on its release, a truly great classic of horror cinema.

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2. V/H/S 2012

Paranormal Activity may have brought the found footage themed film back to cinemas, but after 4 films (each one being worse than its predecessor) it has fizzled out. V/H/S offers so much more than just a typical hand-held camera horror; one of the main reasons is that it is an anthology film, therefore it tells five stories through out its hour and a half run time instead of one. Each story is more shocking than the last, and they were all directed by different people, making the plots very varied, which helps to keep you enthralled in the film. You really have to view V/H/S to understand how great it is; it’s definitely one of my favourite horror films and for any horror fans out there, believe me. The gore is top-notch, the plots/characters keep you hooked and there are quite a few jumps to look forward to. Demons, ghosts, entities and murderers – this film has everything.

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3. 30 Days of Night 2007

Not so much a scary film, it just plays such a great part in the horror genre. The idea is so inventive as well, like nothing you will have seen before. Every year, Barrow, Alaska – a remote isolated town – is thrust into darkness for 30 days. Most residents leave, but a few decide to stay, unbeknownst to them that this year a clan of vampires have decided to feed on the town, sucking it completely dry. The locals fight back in any way they can to survive the month of darkness. There are hundreds of vampire films out there, but this one looks at the creatures completely different, making them much more violent than we have ever seen them before. The amount of incredible scenes in this film is just ridiculous. Josh Hartnett with an axe and buckets of blood…what more could you ask for.

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4. Night of the Living Dead 1968

The original zombie-fest which inspired so many horror films after it. George A. Romero’s masterpiece is a landmark in horror cinema; mainly because it just shows the amount of fear which can be produced with such a low-budget and barely any actors. After a woman is attacked by an assailant in a graveyard she flees to a farmhouse, where later on our protagonist Ben turns up and explains that the dead are returning to life and are feasting upon the living. They board up the windows and arm themselves with what ever they can and try to make it through the night. One of the greatest films in horror and cinema in general, which can only be fully enjoyed on all Hallows eve. “They’re coming to get you Barbara!”

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5. Halloween 1978

How could I have a ‘Films to Watch On Halloween’ list without this incredible flick. John Carpenter’s slasher has inspired and scared so many ever since its release, due to the terrifying murderer Michael Myers who will forever haunt our dreams. Michael Myers has been institutionalized since he was 10; now that he has escaped he is making his way back to his home town of Haddonfield, Illinois to track down and kill his younger sister Laurie, slaughtering anyone he comes across on the way. It is because of this film that we never want to baby sit again, and will constantly see that emotionless white mask in our nightmares. The essential watch on Halloween night.

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There you go 5 great horror films to keep you going until sunrise…Happy Halloween.