I love horror movies and these days it's particularly hard to find any that fill you with any real sense of fear. Today's horror films are full of boring story lines, found camera footage, and non-scary jump scares. So, I have compiled a list of my 11 favourite horror stories for you all to check out yourselves to bring that fear back into your experience (These are not in any particular order. I can't choose a favourite).
1. 'Get Out' (2017)
It's time for Chris, a young African-American, to meet his white girlfriend Rose's parents. But as time goes on, they are not the people they first introduce themselves to be.
Get Out was amazing. It had such a well thought out plot. It was actually scary! And it educates on real social issues. Two in one. Or more...I rate this movie 8/10.
2. 'Ouija: Origin of Evil' (2016)
It's 1967 in Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to their seance scam which then unleashes something evil into their lives.
Just going to say it—little possessed girls are the most terrifying thing in the world. Look up the word terrifying in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of the Grudge, the girl from the ring, and the youngest daughter in this movie. 10/10 amazing horror movie, even after watching it a couple of times. I 10/10 would recommend this.
3. 'The Conjuring 2' (2016)
Based on a true story, a single mother and her four children find that a spirit is terrorising them, so they enlist the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren to try and get rid of the vengeful spirit.
As usual, based on a true story movies are horrifying, and this one isn't any different. Living in the UK, we have heard this story many times (minus Ed and Lorraine, of course), so seeing it come to life is truly amazing. James Wan did an amazing job on this movie. 9/10.
4. 'Dark Skies' (2013)
The Barret family's peaceful life slowly becomes more and more plagued with disturbing events. They are soon to discover that they are no match for the forces after them.
I've watched this film so many times and it never ceases to scare me. It's so full of tension and there are many twists and turns throughout the whole thing. 8/10.
5. 'Split' (2016)
Three girls are kidnapped by a strange man who seems to have 23 different personalities. They must find a way to escape their grasp before the 24th makes its appearance, otherwise they're doomed.
One of my favourite movies of all time. It's constructed so well that no matter how many times you watch it, you can still feel the same emotions you did the first time you ever watched it. Being a teenage girl myself, it's really easy to sympathise to with the main girl, Casey. 10/10.
6. 'Paranormal Sctivity: The Marked Ones' (2014)
When Jesse becomes the target of malevolent entity, his friends must help him figure out how to stop it before it gets them.
I love the Paranormal Activity franchise so much. If you watch them in order, you uncover this crazy story, and this movie is no different. This movie is an amazing one, even as a single entity. The use of tension is so well done that it truly feels like you are there and experiencing what they are. 9/10.
7. 'The Babadook' (2014)
This one was creeping me out when I was just looking for pictures of it. A widowed mother is finding it hard to deal with her son, who has been quite a handful lately. But things are about to get a lot worse when she finds out that the monster he's been freaking out about has actually entered their house through a children's book.
This film was really suspenseful and I found myself on the edge of my seat the whole time. It is one of the creepiest films I've ever watched. I would rate this film 8/10.
8. 'Krampus' (2015)
Max accidentally summons Krampus, a festive demon, when he finds himself having a horrible Christmas. Chaos and horror ensues.
I love this film so much. It's truly terrifying and suspenseful; the perfect Christmas movie for anyone who is sick of Christmas movies and loves horror. I would rate this 9/10.
9. 'Insidious 3' (2015)
This is a prequel detailing how how gifted psychic Elise Rainier eventually comes to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by an evil entity.
Insidious is a franchise which is very good at scaring you, using your own fears against you. Mainly the fear of the unknown. It's a movie that will definitely scare you. 8/10.
10. 'Cloverfield' (2008)
Rob's going away party turns into a disaster when a giant monster attacks New York. Now he and his friends must make their way though the city to get to safety and rescue the love of his life on the way.
Normally, found footage films are pretty bad. The plots are not very well thought out and they are usually very boring. But this is a really well done in terms of plot and camera work, just giving us enough information to keep us interested, but also not enough to scare us of what lies ahead. 9/10.
11. 'The Boy' (2016)
Greta, an American nanny, is shocked when she finds out that the boy she will be watching is actually a life-sized doll. After she disobeys his strict rules, a number of strange events occur, which lead her to believe that he might actually be alive.
This movie is brilliant at instilling you with fear due to its limited narrative, meaning that we only know what Greta knows. This bonds us to her character and helps us to feel what she's feeling. I give this film a 10/10 for pure horror.