While watching one of my favourite horror movies for the hundredth time (Rob Zombie's Halloween), I thought why not make a list of my all time favourites to share with other horror fans out there?
So let's jump straight into things. In no particular order, we have:
10) Before I Wake, 2018 directed by Mike Flanagan. This very emotional, horror like movie is very beautiful and has a strange twist that leaves viewers hooked. An 8-year-old boy in the foster care system is adopted by a loving couple that has experienced the loss of a son. Little do they know, the boy has a unique gift disguised as a blessing but turns out to be something far from that, bringing his haunted memories back to life.
9) Mom and Dad, 2008 written and directed by Brian Taylor. A young woman working her first shift as a cleaner at an airport makes friends with two work colleagues. Missing her bus, she finds herself stranded at the airport with nowhere to go. Her new acquaintance offers her a place to sleep for the night at her family home. As the young woman walks into the family home, she realises that this is not a place she should be.
8) House of a Thousand Corpses, 2003 written and directed by Rob Zombie. A group of horror obsessed friends on a road-trip come across a woman at the side of a road. All is not what it seems as the woman and her family turn out to be way more sinister and despicable than you can imagine. Warning: Gore level high.
7) The Autopsy of Jane Doe 2016 directed by André Øvredal. A father and his son work as a team of pathologists are instructed to perform an autopsy on an unknown female. At first, everything appears to be normal—that is, until an unexplainable force appears to be trying to prevent them from cutting into the woman even more to unravel the secrets of her past. As a heavy storm breaks out, leaving the father and son trapped with the bodies that they have worked on, they are left fighting for their lives.
6) The Other Side of the Door, written by Johannes Roberts; Ernest Riera 2016. Mourning the loss of her young son Oliver who was killed in a tragic accident, a mother is struck with grief and guilt. The mother listens to advice from her housemaid and also a close family friend and learns of a sacred temple in India that allows mortals to talk to the dead. Despite the housemaid's warnings, the mother is overcome with emotions and makes a harrowing mistake that leads to severe consequences.
5) The Visit, directed by M. Night Shyamalan 2015. Two children go to visit their grandparents for the first time. The children regularly stay in contact with their mother online who has stayed at home. All is well until the children notice strange behaviours displayed from their grandparents. Contact is suddenly cut off from the mother and the children are left wondering who they are trapped in the house with.
4) Silent Hill, 2006 written by Roger Avary, Gans and Nicolas Boukhrief. A worried mother decides to take matters into her own hands and starts driving her dying daughter to find a faith healer. On the way, they appear to drive through a portal into another world leaving reality behind. In the daytime, the odd town seems lonely and abandoned; by night time, bells chime and their nightmares come to life.
3) Split, 2016 produced by M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum. A man kidnaps three teenagers and holds them prisoners in his own house. Attempting to escape with no prevail, they come up with a plan. This plan however comes to a halt as they realise the man is not who he appears to be and has a serious mental disorder that allows him to be different people due to his multiple personalities.
2) Goodnight Mommy, 2014 (German movie) produced by Ulrich Seidl. A mother returns home from surgery with bandages around her face, leading her two sons questioning her identity. They notice their mother is behaving differently, and try to come up with a plan to get away from her. The boys stick together, but as their journey continues, their mother's behaviour starts to make sense and all is not as it seems.
1) Lights Out, 2016 produced by James Wan, Lawrence Gray, Eric Heisserer. A rebellious teen visits her younger brother at her mother's house. She notices that her little brother is fatigued and not doing so well at school. She becomes suspicious and confronts her mother who is slipping into depression due to her late husband passing. The teen decides to take her brother back to her place when it becomes obvious that something is following them. The mother has a dark, twisted past that she can't escape. The teen unravels her mother's secrets slowly and realises she is dealing with something more than she bargained for...
I hope you enjoy my list of recommendations. Thank you and sleep tight ;)