I love Halloween, in fact, it is my favorite holiday of the year. Yeah, I love Christmas too, but Halloween definitely is on the top of my list here. As you can imagine, I like anything that is creepy, mysterious or paranormal. That’s why I love horror movies! Now, the genre has its classics and films I can’t really vouch for (we had that cheesy, really bad horror decade – the noughties – but we also had this cheesy bad but so good decade in the 80’s), but if you know what to watch it can change your mind completely about the horror movies. That’s why I compiled the list of my favorite horror movies at the moment and the list of those that you should rather steer away from.
I have written this post to help people who don’t know anything about the genre or/and want to try something new. At the end, there’s also a Bonus Round section, which features all the movies I have love/hate relationship with, that other people might find amazing.
– BEST –
FOR OPEN MINDED: IT FOLLOWS
After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay’s friends don’t believe her seemingly paranoid ravings, until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.
FOR ANYONE (INCLUDING SENSITIVE PEOPLE): GET OUT
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Honestly, this movie is the best Horror Movie I’ve seen in years! It’s scary, but not too scary, more action&suspense horror type of movie. I love the twist of hypnosis and subliminal brain stimulation as I’m very into learning about NLP. I acknowledge, though it’s only a horror movie where things like that are turned up to a stupid level, nevertheless, it was a unique concept for a film. It’s a definite to-watch for anyone, as it has been scary, but not too scary if that makes sense. Just fun, well-made type of a horror movie. If I had to pick only one from this list I would definitely see this one.
FOR CLASSICS LOVERS: PSYCHO
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.
Absolute classic. It is my all-time favorite from the genre. A must-see for everyone. I know this movie has it’s hardcore fans and also people who dislike it. I’m neither of them, but I do think it’s a great movie that everyone has to see. This is this kind of classic, an older horror movie that aged really well. Even watched now it’s just so, so, so unnerving, so it’s definitely NOT for the faint-hearted. Obviously, you can also check out Bates Motel, which is a TV series based on the events from before Psycho.
FOR SCENOGRAPHY LOVERS: THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer, is recently widowed and grieving the loss of his wife when he is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric’s affairs in order. Soon after his arrival, it becomes clear that the villagers are hiding a terrible secret. Kipps discovers that his late client’s house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is trying to find someone and something she lost, and that no one — not even the children — is safe from her terrible wrath.
Another fun, good horror movie. I found with this one fear doesn’t linger, it’s just good amount of suspense and mystery to keep you hooked, but it’s not overly scary or jumpy. There are few of cheap jump scares, but generally, it’s a decent movie with a gorgeous storyline and beautiful scenography. I have read a book under the same title and what’s not very common the film was actually better than a book! Who would’ve thought? Also: Daniel Radcliffe. I’ll just leave it at that.
FOR FUN LOVERS: THE VISIT
Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.
DO NOT watch this if you’ve got children. This is all I’m going to say. It’s quite a fun movie really, it’s a bit scary, not too elaborate and I really enjoyed it, actually. It’s like a horror movie from the point of view of kids. It won’t become a genres classic, but it’s just fun. So if you fancy something creepy balanced out with few laughs this is the one to pick of the bunch.
– WORST –
A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.
Despite actually very good reviews, I hated it. I thought it was boring, badly written and just cheap mostly. Do not recommend this one to anyone that likes any sort of action as action in this movie starts in the last 20 minutes. Props for women characters in it, that were actually smart and active. Many horror movies lack that.
One night, while teenagers Blaire, Mitch, Jess, Adam Ken and Val take part in an online group chat session, they are suddenly joined by a user known only as “Billie227.” Thinking it’s just a technical glitch, the friends carry on their conversation… until Blaire begins receiving messages from someone claiming to be Laura Barns, a classmate who killed herself exactly one year prior. As Blaire tries to expose Billie’s identity, her friends are forced to confront their darkest secrets and lies.
Another modern horror movie trying to play on the social media/technology demon possession type of scare. In my opinion, it was cheap, had a lot of plot-holes, petty drama, people getting to hung up on stuff, because: I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t care if my boyfriend cheated on me if I have just seen one of my friends literally killed and suspected that I might be next.
While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband (Michiel Huisman) have sinister plans for the guests.
Oh, it was a just bad movie all around. The idea was okay, execution poor and stupidity of characters was beyond any other horror movie I have seen. There was just one scene where I was quite surprised, right at the end. Even though the cast was great, I didn’t see much potential nor craft in the whole concept.
THE NEON DEMON
Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.
It was artistic. With a little substance and almost no plot. Simply, it’s a visual masterpiece and I guess I can grasp the symbolics, it’s just not the kind of entertainment that resonates with me.
I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE
Hired to care for a reclusive elderly author (Paula Prentiss), a live-in nurse (Ruth Wilson) comes to believe her house is haunted.
It was the biggest disappointment from them all. This movie started very promisingly and I dare to say plot itself had a massive potential. It failed to entertain, scare or even keep me awake. It just wasn’t a great horror movie. The scenography itself was great, the acting was great and the music/filming/visuals are great too. And the story was also good, but it just wasn’t conclusive and it did leave me wanting more.
– BONUS ROUND –
In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer (Ralph Ineson), his wife (Kate Dickie) and four of their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.
This movie is terrifying. I had nightmares for like a week straight. It was so scary and unnerving, but also very clever. I didn’t include it in the top 5 only because it’s just NOT a fun horror party kind of movie. It’s very serious, very terrifying and just so, so unnerving! It is definitely NOT for sensitive and emotional people and I did regret watching it. But nevertheless, it is a beautifully shot, symbolical and incredibly clever movie which as long as you are NOT faint hearted, you will enjoy.
Parents (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son (Ty Simpkins) is possessed by a malevolent entity.
Not sure about the latest part, but two of the first ones I have seen. It is a really good horror film it just didn’t do it for me. But nevertheless, many people found it great, so perhaps it was me missing something. Good movie.
As much as I did enjoy the first and the second part, I don’t know if anybody could enjoy the follow-up two. Never seen the latests one, as I was discouraged by part III and IV. The first two are good enough and did enjoyed watching them, although I was a bit younger then, so it might have been one of those teenage things, just like Twilight.
Hope you enjoyed this roundup. I can’t really write well about movies, never tried doing that before, but I just thought with a number of horror movies I watch, I could at least give you some Halloween recommendations. Besides, it was a good excuse to try my hand and exercise a different kind of writing for a change. Hope you all enjoyed the post.
Do you agree? Or do you disagree with any of those? What do YOU plan to watch this Halloween? That is if you watching something at all! Tell me all about your Halloween plans in the comments!