Halloween is just around the corner, and if you don’t fancy donning a costume or heading out trick or treating, why not stick on a horror film to get you in the spirit of things. Of course, not all horror films are scary, some are pretty funny – here are a few of our favourites.
Paranormal activity is full of suspense and is shot like a documentary, so relies on pure terror for entertainment rather than any major special effects. A young twenty something couple who believe their new house is haunted set up cameras to see if they can see any unusual activity and well…they definitely do. There are actually 5 Paranormal Activity films, some following the same characters and some following others – they’re definitely not for the faint hearted.
“Here’s Johnny!” Not just a classic horror but really quotable – The Shining, released in 1980 is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. Jack Nicholson plays writer Jack Torrance who moves his wife and psychic son Danny to the eerie Overlook Hotel to become the caretaker. Danny’s visions become more and more sinister and Jack becomes more and more unhinged…it’s a gripping and terrifying take and definitely one to add to your list.
Shaun of the Dead is a spoof-horror which follows Simon Pegg’s character of Shaun and his best friend Ed. They’re definitely not your typical action heroes but when all of a sudden zombies start attacking people in their town they’re forced into action and try to save Shaun’s family. It’s funny, light and has some great one-liners – a good watch for people who fancy a laugh rather than a scare.
This follows the story of a group of friends who rent a deserted cabin in the woods for the weekend. However – unknown to them – the cabin, the woods and now they are part of a mysterious experiment which are controlled and altered – leading to gruesome consequences. Its satirical and jumpy, and draws on loads of over-done horror film techniques.
What other films are must-watches over Halloween? Let us know your favourites.