- Halloween (1978)
John Carpenter’s groundbreaking slasher flick which follows an unkillable masked madman butchering teens on Halloween night. You’ll never look at the sugar-fueled holiday in the same way again.
- The Conjuring (2013)
If the haunted house genre gets your heart pumping, this terrifying pic is the perfect flick for you. With classy scares and even classier cinematography, The Conjuring is a kinetic, energetic thrill-ride.
- The Exorcist (1973)
Disturbing, shocking and controversial for the time, The Exorcist is an amazing, and at times quite upsetting, flick that will burn in your memory till the end of days. Lots of great stuff here – the crab-walk, head-spin, levitating, the unspeakable acts involving a crucifix, vomiting and profanity sprouting – that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
- Scream (1996)
I love Scream. Funny, occasionally frightening, witty and satirical, Scream is every horror fan’s perfect film.
- Suspiria (1977)
My favourite Giallo (Italian slasher films) is Suspiria. It is often overshadowed by Deep Red, Tenebrae, Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Don’t Torture Little Ducklings; Suspiria is a stunning, candy-coloured nightmare that is a horror/fairy tale hybrid. Little Red Riding Hood (our protagonist) faces off against the Big Bad Wolf (a coven of witches.) Suzy joins a prestigious ballet school that has more than a few skeletons in it’s closet. People in the school start dying and Suzy stumbles upon a dark secret.
- The Haunting (1963)
You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror. The mysterious cinematography, lighting, set design and ominous sounds contribute to one of the most effective haunted house movies ever. Knocking on doors. Cold spots. Strange noises. Bad feelings. These relatively mundane things are somehow made terrifying. Just try not to get goosebumps when the film goes through the seemingly alive house’s history. Some houses are just born bad.
- Paranormal Activity (2007)
Like The Haunting, some of the scares can be seen as extremely mundane, but the clever camerawork and deafening silence make the hairs stand up on your neck. Doors slamming. Demonic footprints. Ouija boards engulfing in flames. People being dragged across rooms. And the ending.
- Peeping Tom (1960)
Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? – the question the antagonist poses to our hapless heroine at the end of the film. In 1960, audiences were probably responding with this film. Genuinely disturbing, even now, this sometimes feels like a snuff film – which is ironic seeing as it’s about snuff films. But it’s not. It’s so much more than a horror. It’s a drama, thriller, romance, tragedy and horror.
- An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London still holds up to this day with a brilliant soundtrack, unbelievable make-up and a clever script. Werewolf movies are rarely this good.
- The Omen (1976)
The Omen is one of the best Satanic horror films that conquered the 70’s. Gregory Peck (Cape Fear) stars as an American Diplomat who comes to believe his adopted son is the Antichrist after a string of mysterious deaths occur.
Happy Halloween – only 6 more days to go.