Ah, Halloween, you’ve got to love it, the dark nights are well are truly settled in, the wind is rattling around the garden and there are plenty of spooky looking shadows lurking around your windows.
So what better way than spending the evening, than sitting with a big bowl of popcorn, a rather larger pillow to hide behind and settling in for a night of scary movies, that not only send the hair on the back of your neck into a frenzy but scare the living daylights out of you.
We put the call out on Twitter recently to see what people’s favourite horror movies are to watch during Halloween, suffice to say there were a lot of obvious ones, but there are also some that you may not have heard of before.
Our Top 5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween
John Carpenter’s all-time classic, and a much-loved horror movie with the knife-wielding Michael Myers, in what many have classed as the ultimate slasher movie which featured a then-unknown actress, Jamie Lee Curtis.
It’s Halloween in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers (played by Will Sandin) inexplicably murders his sister and is committed to an insane asylum. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns home (this time played by Tony Moran) to kill again, all the while eluding his psychiatrist, Dr Sam Loomis (played by Donald Pleasence), who suspects Michael’s intentions, following him back to Haddonfield.
Made on a budget of $300,000 the movie went on to gross $47 Million and spawn several sequels.
Evil Dead (1981)
The original cabin in the woods, a place that not only had many of us screaming out loud, but also laughing at the slapstick moments that director Sam Raimi put Bruce Campbell through during the film.
Five students travel to the cabin to take time off and enjoy a vacation away from everything, but after finding a book and a tape in the cabin and listening to its incantations. The friends find themselves taking on the Evil Dead and fighting to survive until sunrise.
The Shining (1980)
Stanely Kubrick’s take on the Steven King’s novel, the movie is a psychology fear-fest, ideal for watching over Halloween. The Shining follows a family as they look after an isolated hotel for the winter, a hotel that has an evil that sends the father (played by Jack Nicholson) into violent action, while his son (played by Danny Lloyd) has the misfortune of seeing horrors from hotels past and possible future.
In the meantime, the mother (played by Shelley Duvall) has to cope with the horror and fear of the hotel’s presence. The Shining is a terrifying movie and even now it is one that sends shivers down your spine, who can forget “Here’s Johnny”, the hallway of blood and the scary twins!!
The Exorcist (1973)
One of my favourites this 70s horror movie is another one of those movies that even after all the years since its release it still has the ability to scare the living daylights out of those new to the film.
A battle of good versus evil as Father Merrin (played by Max Von Sydow) and Father Karras (played by Jason Miller) have a battle of wills against the evil spirit, Pazuzu, as they fight to remove it from its possession of Regan played by Linda Blair).
A truly terrifying movie that I still find unnerving to watch. Director, William Friedkin did a brilliant job of bringing William Peter Blatty’s novel to the big screen.
With several sequels and now a new TV series of The Exorcist on TV Screens this month, the 1973 movie certainly is hard to beat, no matter which cut you watch.
The Fog (1980)
Another John Carpenter classic in the list, The Fog starts with a scary story around a campfire and moves on to being a movie that has you never wanting to head out into a dark foggy night.
The Fog is a well produced, violent (without being over the top) and scary movie, with a fairly short running time of 90 minutes, the movie doesn’t really let up. The special effects are down to earth and the fog itself is something that you don’t want to be caught in.
As with Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant in The Fog. But the star of the movie has to go to the murdered lepers that are back from their watery grave, although you don’t see that much detail in them, you know that that are terrifying.
So there you go dear readers, these are my top 5 horror movies for this Halloween, there are more amazing horrors out there. So please enjoy your Halloween movies and remember, check the shadows and make sure all your doors are LOCKED!!