I’m a HUGE fan of horror films, and with Halloween coming up I thought I’d give a list of 5 of my favourite horror films. While some may prefer the slasher style film, I’m more partial to paranormal/supernatural genre of horror. Whilst there have been some subpar films in this category (Annabelle, for one) there are some that just take you by surprise. So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 horror films.
- Insidious & Insidious: Chapter 2
Written by Leigh Whannell (Saw/II/III) and Directed by James Wan (Saw/Fast & Furious 7/Aquaman)
Insidious is the story of a couple, Josh and Renai, as well as their 3 young children who move into a new home. One of the children, Dalton, hears stranger noises coming from the attic and goes to investigate. He falls off a ladder, at which point he sees a figure in the shadows. The next day, he falls into an unexplainable coma. After some time in hospital, Dalton comes home, and the family begins experiencing strange behaviour.
The second film, without giving anything away, follows the events of the first film, and deals with one of the family members being possessed by the mysterious “Bride in Black”.
Watch if you enjoy: jump scares and suspense building.
Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel to the first two films. While being a fantastic origin story to one of the other main characters from the first two films, it’s overall premise leaves a lot to be desired.
- Paranormal Activity 3
Written by Christopher Landon (Disturbia/Paranormal Activity 2/4/Marked Ones) and Directed by Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost (Catfish/Paranormal Activity 4)
Whilst the majority of the Paranormal Activity franchise is very good, the standout for me is the third film. Set in 1988, it follows a young Katie and Kristi (from the first two films) as they first encounter the paranormal entity that torments their adult life. Kristi starts talking to an imaginary friend called ‘Toby”, something that her mother, Julie, assumes is a normal childhood phase. Julie and her boyfriend, Dennis, start the process of making an amateur adult movie,which is interrupted by typical Los Angeles earthquake. On watching the footage back, Dennis notices a strange disturbance in the way the dust settles after the earthquake. This leads him to set up cameras all over the house, and catch the elusive “Toby” on film. What he catches has to be seen to be believed.
Watch if you enjoy a good ghost story.
- The Visit
Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense/Signs/Devil)
A single mother, desperate for a relaxing cruise holiday with her boyfriend, send her two children, Becca and Tyler, to go spend the week with her estranged parents. Becca, being the investigative type, decides to film the trip as a documentary; in an attempt to try and get her mother to reconnect with elderly couple. The grandparents behaviour is a little odd, to say the least, but over the course of the week the siblings start to uncover the horrifying truth about their grandparents.
Watch if you enjoy: a compelling story that will keep you guessing, and a twist you won’t see coming.
- The Conjuring & The Conjuring 2
Written by Carey & Chad Hayes (House of Wax/The Reaping/Whiteout) and Directed by James Wan.
Based on the true stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring focusses on malevolent spirits harassing the Perron family of Harrisville, Rhode Island. The Perron children start to notice strange things happening, for instance, the clocks would stop at 3:07am each night. From there, the bizarre events only escalate, causing the family to call in the Warrens to help them deal with whatever it is in their house.
The Conjuring 2 is set in 1977, in the norther London borough of Enfield. The Hodgson family starts being disturbed by strange events. The second oldest child, Janet, starts sleepwalking, and arguing with an unseen entity about who really owns their house. After the case goes publicised, the Catholic church enlist the help of the Warrens, who discover that the spirit that haunts the Hodgson’s is more malevolent than first realised.
Watch is you enjoy suspense, jump scares, and a damn good ghost story.
- Unfriended (aka Cybernatural)
Written by Nelson Greaves (Sleepy Hollow) and Directed by Levan Gabriadze
This film is on my list, despite not being one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen, purely because the entire movie takes place from the point of view of a laptop computer screen. A group of friends get together on a group Skype call, coincidentally one year to the day since a classmate killed herself after an embarrassing video of her went viral. The six friends are joined in the call by an unknown user, and they’ll soon realise that what happens in the past, doesn’t always stay there; as a strange force picks them off one by one.
Watch if you enjoy jump scares and torture horror.
So there you go! My top 5 horror films. What do you guys think? Any that I’ve got completely wrong? Any that you think I’ve missed? Suggest them below, if I haven’t seen it, I’ll be watching a heap in the lead up to October 31st.
Look out for more posts, more often; and as always, Be Kind