5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween Season

There’s a fine line between a good horror movie and a really terrible one. It’s a line that’s more often than not missed and the movie you had so much hope for ends up being totally unsatisfying.

I am something of a horror lover, but I find it very hard to be scared by a horror movie these days. Perhaps it’s my age, or perhaps it’s that the genre just doesn’t turn out good movies anymore. It seems like the days of quality and genuinely scary films like Alien have gone. Back then, moviemakers scared us with the fear of the unknown, and that’s what I feel is missing these days.

Despite the wealth of horror movies we get thrown at us every year, we tend to get one or two that actually send a shiver up your spine. I’m talking about genuine horror movies worth watching. The ones you don’t forget almost instantly, or the ones you find yourself googling after the pictures to see if it was based on a true story or not.

Being that it’s nearly the time of year where all the ghouls and ghosts come out to play, I thought it would be a good idea to recap and take a look at some of the movies ill be watch during the Halloween weekend. So why not get your spook on too and join us as we look at 5 Horror Movies to Watch on Halloween:

IT (2017)

The second adaptation of Stephen King’s novel was a great hit. You might be lucky enough to find it showing in the cinema on Halloween, and if you are I suggest you go see it if you haven’t already.

Set in the dreary and dull town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the demon clown Pennywise makes this movie and although I felt like it fell somewhat short during the third act, it’s well worth a watch. Still, its an effective horror movie from start to finish and try to remain as faithful to the novel as it can, which is harder than it might seem if you’ve read it.

Pennywise has never felt so grotesque and terrifying and this really helps to drive the movie on. There’s plenty of gore and even a few jump scare moments that keep your heart racing.

The Conjuring

Before I saw The Conjuring I was starting to feel like there would never be a good horror film again. The Conjuring is a great exercise in how to scare people with classic scare tactics.

Follow Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife paranormal investigative team, as they try to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

It may be slightly typical in its setting and some of the dialogue maybe overly typical, but I found this movie quite tense and scary during my first watch. This may not be a movie to watch over and over again, but if you haven’t seen it before, it’s a must for Halloween this year.

Like many horror movies, this one again lacks in the final act and borders on the farfetched in some places. Stick with it for the first two acts and you’ll have a great time, just make yourself a hot drink for the last one, maybe.

Paranormal Activity

It’s more than likely that you have already seen Paranormal Activity, but this is always a great one to watch during Halloween. Best enjoyed with the lights of, curtains closed and no noise except that from the film, Paranormal Activity is a tense journey throughout.

The film became something of a cult classic and an instant hit when it first released in 2009. Since then it has various sequels and spinoffs, but nothing quite compares to the first time you saw this film.

Paranormal Activity offers a glimpse into what most men would be like if they thought a paranormal entity lived in their house. As I mentioned earlier, the fear of the unknown is what scares us and Paranormal Activity used that to great effect.  You never quite see the ghost, but what little glimpse and shadows you do see are enough to haunt you for the evening.

The Babadook

A movie all about tension and atmosphere, The Babadook is not for everybody, granted. It’s slow in its pace and can be confusing at times, and it won’t hold the audience’s hand.

Following the death of her husband, Amelia, the mother of the story struggles to control her son’s tantrums and behavior. Her son Samuel is having strange dreams and believes a monster is coming to kill them both. The relationship between mother and son in The Babadook drives the story and at times makes you feel so uncomfortable.

After its slow burn in pace, The Babadook descends into a final half hour of chaos and becomes genuinely frightening. The story has both wait and truth behind it and although monsters themselves are farfetched, the grounding of family relationships is where it shines. It’s unnerving and unusual, but it’s one movie any horror fan should see.

The Green Inferno

Eli Roth likes to make gross and somewhat disgusting movies; think Hostel and Cabin Fever. The Green Inferno is no different in that regard. If you’re more a fan of gore than jump scares then The Green Inferno our pick for you.

The movie follows a bunch of activists who get captured by a murderous cannibal tribe. There are some really quite disturbing scenes in this film, so a forewarning if you’re a little bit squeamish.

If you’ve seen other Eli Roth movies, you’ll sort of see where this is heading. Characters are picked off one by one in rather unpleasant ways, to say the least.

The Green Inferno is not a film that’s going to scare you. It’s more likely to make you throw up than scream. As far as recent gore flicks go, it’s a great place to start on Halloween.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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