Top 5 Halloween Films

So, Halloween is here! That means we all need a good horror movie to get us in the mood, so here is a run down of my top five favourite horror films!

This list is, of course, solely my opinion, and none of the ‘famous classics’, like Hitchcock’s Psycho, shall be making an appearance, as I’m a far bigger fan of contemporary horror. Anyway, on with the list:

5. It Follows (2014)

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This film enters in at number five purely for its originality. It Follows essentially follows (no pun intended) the story of a young woman who contracts an STD (Sexually Transmitted Demon), who can take the form of any human, and will follow her until it catches up with and kills her. The only way to get rid of the ‘STD’ is to pass it onto someone else. Weird? Absolutely. However, despite its pretty odd premise, the film is shot incredibly well, and is equal parts tense and creepy.

4. Dead Snow (2009)

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Okay, the premise of this next film isn’t going to get any less strange. So here it is: NAZI ZOMBIES! Yes, ladies and gentleman, Nazi Zombies are not just confined to the Call of Duty game series, but also make an appearance on the big screen. When a group of medical students go on a skiing holiday, they run into more than they bargained for. Dead Snow is certainly not to be taken too seriously, it is absolutely bonkers, dark, hilarious and disgusting.

3. The Witch (2015)

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The Witch was one of the stand out horror films of the past year. Set in 17th century New England, a family has been banished from a nearby town to live on a farm near the woods. Black magic, possession and witchcraft combined with the films score and well written script, culminates in a genuinely terrifying film. The film doesn’t rely on the (vastly overused and cheap) jump scares, but creates an almost tangible atmosphere of dread and despair.
This one is not for scaredy cats!

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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If you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead, what have you been doing with all your spare time? This is the very best of British horror and comedy brought together in what shall be seen as one of the classics as the years roll by. There are zombies, snooker cues, fence jumping, cornettos and Queen (the band, not our Monarch). If that wasn’t enough, Quentin Tarantino has even said that it’s his favourite film. That has to count for something, right?

1. [Rec] (2007)

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Here it is! My number one favourite horror film of all time! [Rec] is a POV style film, that follows a television host and her cameraman. They are documenting the average day of a firefighter, and whilst filming at the station, the firemen get an emergency call to say that an old lady has been heard screaming in her apartment and is locked inside. When the firemen and the TV crew enter, things become very sinister, and to make matters worse, the police have sealed off the building for mysterious reasons, trapping everyone inside. I cannot stress enough how brilliant this film is. It is a non-stop thrill that keeps your adrenaline pumping. All of the acting is superb, and you get so lost in its realism that you forget it’s a film. It even has a sequel that is almost as good as the first!

So, what do you guys think? Agree? Disagree? Have you seen these horror films? If not, you know what to do for Halloween!

Stuart Keating