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So, it's either Halloween, you're with a bunch of friends trying to decide on a movie, or you're just in a mood for something spooky. The problem is however, you can't decide what flick to watch. Well, fear not my friend (pun intended)! As a horror movie enthusiast, I have seen my fair share of horror films and I have compiled a list of my top five scariest movies that you absolutely MUST see if you're in to all things spooky like me.
5. 'It' (2017)
Of course I had to put this on the list. The 2017 remake of Stephen King's globally famous novel It was, in my opinion, a huge success. I'll make this description short, because I'm sure you've heard all about this movie already this past year. The story follows a group of young boys that are terrorised by a murderous, psychotic clown that lives in the sewers of their isolated small town. Lovely, I know. Naturally, I got to see this movie in the theatre, as I'm sure most of the Earth's population did as well. But, if by any chance you haven't had the opportunity to see this film yet, I highly recommend you do so. Not only was it grip-the-edge-of-your-seat scary, but it also had its fair share of funny moments too. On top of that, the cast was also chosen perfectly in my opinion—definitely sending me some Stranger Things vibes, which I'm not mad about at all. Overall this movie, although relying heavily on jump scares, was one of those feel-good horrors that is guaranteed to make you scream from either terror or from enjoyment—or both.
4. 'It Follows' (2014)
Okay, I'm going to be honest with this one, this movie freaked me out. I had heard great reviews prior to watching, but I still had my doubts. Judging by the trailer and images I had seen, I just assumed this movie was going to be one of those lame teen horrors. Boy was I wrong. This film follows a teenage girl named Jay who finds herself in one of the most unfortunate situations ever. After losing her virginity to her new boyfriend, she later finds out she was given some sort of curse that can only be passed through sexual intercourse. The curse is inevitable death, and it follows her in the form of different people that only she can see. (Creepy, I know, but stay with me). The only way she can rid herself of this curse is to pass it on to someone else, just as her boyfriend had did to her. But, if she ends up getting killed by this thing, then it will continue to hunt down the line of people that had previously passed it down. Chills. I loved the unique concept behind this movie, and its scares are more lurking and eerie rather than loud and in your face—which I can appreciate. All I can say is, you might not want to watch this one alone. Also—be careful who you choose to hook up with.
3. 'Evil Dead' (2013)
Another successful remake of the original 1981 classic horror, Evil Dead is one of the most bloody, most gory, and most utterly terrifying movies I have ever seen. Now, if you're not into guts and gashes, I suggest you sit this one out, because this movie is not one that goes easy on the blood. The story follows a group of young adults that decide to take their friend Mia to her childhood cabin in the woods, as a makeshift rehab for her dangerous drug addictions. However, events take a dark turn when the group discovers hints of ritualistic sacrifices and black magic that were done in the cellar of the cabin years ago. Unfortunately, one member gets a little too curious and decides to read a cursed passage from the text. This eventually unleashes an evil entity that possesses and terrorises the group to the most gruesome extents. Personally, I think this movie is absolutely brilliant and just... so disgustingly terrifying. I will warn you now though, some scenes can get pretty intense, so make sure you watch this one on an empty stomach.
2. "The Conjuring" (2013)
Oh man, I could go on forever about this movie. To sum it up in a few words, this film is s-c-a-r-y. Playing into the classic tale of ghosts, evil entities, and possession, The Conjuring follows a married couple of paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple gets a call one day to investigate a house haunting. But, things take a turn for the worse when the spiritual presence turns out to be demonic, and causes some messed up s*** to happen. What starts out to be a typical supernatural presence for the Warrens soon escalates into a nightmare of terrifying events. Because of the success of this film, it has received a number of sequels and spin-offs. From Annabelle, to The Nun, each one of these movies has some sort of connection to the first Conjuring. Definitely give this one a watch—at your own risk. Oh, and did I mention? The original movie was based off of true events... Yeah...
1. 'Sinister' (2012)
Drumroll please! The movie I have decided to take the cake for this list is none other than Sinister. Now, let me tell you something. Horror movies never actually tend to make me feel so uncomfortable to the point where I feel like I have to turn off the movie, curl up in a ball, and just look at pictures of puppies for hours. But, this movie did just that. I can only describe my experience while watching this as utterly terrified and disturbed. The story follows a non-fiction crime writer that decides to move in his family to a house where numerous family deaths have occurred (what a fabulous idea!), and he decides that he is going to solve these cases, write about it, and get rich! However, what appeared to be a dark mystery film quickly turns into something much more ominous and downright horrifying. All I'm going to say is, the killer isn't really a person... Overall, I recommend this movie for people who are hardcore horror enthusiasts as some scenes do incorporate gruesome deaths involving fire, drowning, gardening tools, and child death. So... watch if you dare.
Hopefully, these films don't give you too many nightmares. But, you can't say I didn't warn you! Have fun, and remember to always have a horror buddy to wait outside the bathroom when you take a pee break. Stay spooky!