With Halloween quickly approaching, a pressing need arises for all things spooky. The time has come for haunted houses, carving pumpkins and, most importantly, horror movies. To help you get started on your journey into the Halloween season, here is a list of my personal top 10 horror movies of all time.
*Movies that can be found on Netflix
10. It Follows (2015)*
Starting the list off strong, we have “It Follows”, a film of the supernatural and psychological variety. After having her first sexual encounter with her new boyfriend, Jay finds herself the prey of a shape-shifting entity that will stop at nothing to catch her and kill her. If the idea of a sexually-transmitted demon stalker doesn’t have you hooked, I don’t know what will. The suspense of this movie will fill you with dread and leave you with a sudden desire for abstinence.
9. Hush (2016)*
Another film full of suspense and thrill, we have “Hush,” which follows a deaf woman who lives alone in a secluded cabin in the woods. Without a single neighbor for miles, Maddie finds herself the victim of a home invasion and, despite her disability, refuses to go down without a fight.
8. Train to Busan (2016)*
Set in South Korea at the beginning of a zombie outbreak, this film follows Seok-woo, a divorced single father, and his daughter, Soo-an, who were on a train to see Soo-an’s mother when the outbreak began. Now I must warn you, this film is entirely in Korean but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable and heart-wrenching.
7. The Babadook (2014)
I know when you think of the Badabook, your mind automatically flashes to the countless memes inspired by the film. However, the film itself is just as good as any Babadook meme I’ve ever seen. Amelia is a widowed single mother who has brought up her son, Samuel, all alone after her husband died in a car crash shortly before her son was born. Samuel soon starts showing unusual behavior and has become obsessed with an imaginary monster he claims is causing all the unexplained phenomena occurring in their home. Amelia writes this off as one of Sam’s childish fantasies until it gets to the point where she can’t deny that something is very wrong.
6. Mama (2013)
“Mama” follows the story of two young girls abandoned in a cabin in the woods by their father after his attempted murder-suicide. When their uncle and his girlfriend finally rescue the girls, they unknowingly bring home an entity that was responsible for the survival of the girls all these years. Chaos ensues as the entity, lovingly referred to by the girls as “Mama,” tries to take the girls back.
5.The Conjuring (2013)
Loosely based on real-life supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, “The Conjuring” follows the Perron family who has experienced severe paranormal activity after recently moving into their home. Enlisting the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Perrons uncover the disturbing events that have occurred in their home.
4. Crimson Peak (2015)
Not exactly horror but definitely creepy, we have Crimson Peak directed by the legendary Guillermo del Toro. After having recently married and moved into her husband’s manor, Edith Cushing begins to uncover horrible truths about her spouse and his sister and the secrets hidden within the walls of her new home. This gothic thriller has the perfect atmosphere for the Halloween season and is suited for those looking for a mild horror movie to watch.
3. The Grudge (2004)
Now getting into the classics, next up on our list is “The Grudge”, an American remake of the Japanese film “Ju-On: The Grudge”. The Williams family unwittingly moves into a house in Japan in which violent deaths have occurred and soon become plagued by the sinister entities haunting it.
2. Evil Dead (2013)
A remake of the 1981 cult classic “The Evil Dead,” this film follows a group of friends who have isolated themselves in a cabin while they support their friend in overcoming her heroin addiction. Soon after settling themselves, the group discover a book called the “Naturom Demonto,” unleashing a demon that possesses Mia, the heroin addict, who attempts to viciously murder all her friends.
1. Hellraiser (1987)*
Topping off the list with my personal favorite horror movie of all time is Cliver Barker’s “Hellraiser.” After moving into a new house with her husband Larry, Julia discovers the live corpse of Frank, Larry’s brother, with whom she had an affair with – and agrees to go on a murder spree in order to provide him with the one thing needed to restore his body; blood.